April 17, 2024

Rotary learns about Mayflower school

Mayflower Heritage Christian School students perform during a school concert. Administrator Francine Ide was Creston Rotary's guest Feb. 5.

Creston Mayflower Christian School Administrator Francine Ide was the guest Feb. 5 at Creston Rotary’s meeting.

The school opened in 2002 within Crest Baptist Church although the school is not affiliated with the church. Students in kindergarten through eighth-grade attend the school and come from a variety of other church denominations. A majority of the students are Creston or Union County residents and the school has had students from other areas.

Ide said Mayflower students are encouraged to dual-enroll with Creston Community School District to benefit Creston schools. Ide said it has been common over the years for Mayflower students to utilize Creston’s various programs from band to athletics.

Mayflower students use the Abeka curriculum, a faith-based subject program. Mayflower is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International with 25,000 members. Ide said the typical student to teacher ratio is 10:1. That allows for more personal assistance with each student. Students are also regulary involved in community projects from the food pantry, planting trees in public spaces and organize a Veterans Day program.

During its existence, Ide said the school has had several students eventually have success in public colleges, athletics, law enforcement and the military.

Mayflower has scheduled its annual open house for the public at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 27. The school is at 604 E. Townline.

Creston Rotary meets at noon the first and third Mondays of the month at Anson’s Bar and Grill.

John Van Nostrand


An Iowa native, John's newspaper career has mostly been in small-town weeklies from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River. He first stint in Creston was from 2002 to 2005.