The Ottumwa Courier

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August 28, 2013

Cooperation for children

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"We now have 80 preschoolers. A great part of this story is a [project] bringing two church groups to the same table," Gentz said.

That empathy by the two church organizations matches up with one of the ideals the Legacy Foundation leaders have publicly talked about in the past: finding projects where cooperation among groups leverages what each has, creating a better program than either could have on their own.

While held at the Methodist church, these classes are still Seton classes, fully a part of Seton Catholic School. Couldn't First United Methodist Church simply have started their own preschool? First, said the pastor, it's not that simple. Secondly, why reinvent the wheel?

"There are certain realities that come with operating a preschool as opposed to just providing space," said Disburg. "They have a quality school, and we feel blessed to be able to provide ... the space. The added blessing here has been that it did take the cooperation of two traditions."

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