Church Elder Oran E. Coffey was instrumental in founding the preschool that was named in his honor. Oran Coffey Preschool is a mission of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Waxahachie and first opened its doors in 1982.

Later, grades were added one or more at a time over the years forming the First Christian Day School, which as of three years ago had grown to include kindergarten through grade 12.

An Open House for students and parents was held on Aug. 24 in preparation for the first day of school on Aug. 27. Students met their teachers and classmates during the event.

First Christian Day School third-grader Camryn Garrett explained why she loves being a student at the school. “I’ve been a student here since I was 2. I like that the teachers are nice and I like to make new friends here.”

Her mother, Cindy Garrett, is the school’s administrative assistant. Garrett was a school parent prior to becoming an employee.

“My oldest is a sophomore now and she’s attended (the school), since she was 2,” said Garrett.

Maypearl resident Stacey McManus is the mother of two sons. Her son Carson McManus attended the school for two years prior to transferring to public kindergarten. Her son Parker, now in the 4-year-old class, has been attending the school since the age of 2.

“It’s been a great experience the whole five years we’ve been involved,” said McManus. “I’ve helped on different committees and been involved as a volunteer. I love the openness, friendliness of the school and I love the small classrooms.”

Waxahachie resident Ginger Clinton agrees.

Also the mother of two sons, Clinton has one son who attended school at First Christian Day School for four years; the other is currently a student and has attended the school for two and one-half years.

“It’s a very good school with a good curriculum. The teachers are wonderful and I like the small class size,” said Clinton.

A former schoolteacher, Clinton realizes the benefits of a low student-to-teacher ratio. “The teachers can pay closer attention to each student.” Clinton went on to explain that teachers are able to focus more on each individual student and therefore be more effective when classes are small.

“It’s better for the teachers as well as the students,” said Clinton. “The teachers are less stressed, less tired.”

“We are going to have a fantastic third grade year,” said Waxahachie resident and First Christian Day School third grade teacher Lacy Brown. “I’ve got a really great group of kids that have been together for awhile and we have some fun activities and a lot of learning activities planned for this year.”

Waxahachie resident and school parent Bethany Brodeur said of her son’s experience at the school, “Jacob has attended this school since pre-K at the age of 4 and we’ve been here ever since. He’s a straight A student and has been every year. He’s been pretty lucky to have the best teachers, too.”

Annie Trojacek began attending First Christian Day School in kindergarten and will be a fourth grade student at the school this year.

“We’re excited. We’re looking forward to the school year,” said her mother, Ennis resident Melanie Trojacek.

Oran Coffey Preschool for children 2 to 5 years of age and First Christian Day School for kindergarten through 12th grade are located at 1009 Brown Street in Waxahachie. For more information, call (972) 937-1952.