Mariam Bawardi Kindergarten

Kindergarten graduates

The Kindergarten at Mar Elias Educational Institutions was founded in 1970 by Abuna Chacour with the invaluable help of nuns from Nazareth. Today two hundred children, ages 3 and 4, play and learn in a three story building on a site in Ibillin village near the church.  In addition, one hundred 5-year-olds attend kindergarten in the old high school building on the Mar Elias Campus. The children get an excellent start on their educational journey in the Mariam Bawardi Kindergarten.

Every June about one hundred children “graduate” from kindergarten to first grade. The smiles of proud children are matched by the smiles of their parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles.  At a recent graduation a staff person said, “Today we are planting seeds. The children need to know that when they strive for excellence they can achieve important things in their lives.”

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Executive Director:

The Rev. Joan Deming
608-241-9281 office/home
608-235-1046 mobile

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     Pilgrims of Ibillin c/o Jitasa
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