Congratulations to our graduating class of 2013! We are excited to graduate 21 students on Thursday, June 20th. The ceremony will take place at Royal View Church (next to the school) at 8:00 PM with a dessert reception to follow at LCES. Come out
When your children come to LCES, they will receive an excellent
education steeped in the Word of God. The vision statement of LCES
states that we are "to educate children, equipping them for a life of
faithful, Christian discipleship". Our
Alumni Profile #1 ~
Mrs. Meika Jelsema (Bouma)
6801 Whitneyville Road
Middleville, Michigan 49333
Graduation Year: 1965
My life right now:
My husband and I own a concrete construction company in the Grand
Rapids MI area (Jelsema Concrete
Const.). We form, place and finish concrete for commercial and industrial
projects. Currently our company is doing all the concrete work for the new
Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex at Calvin
College (check it out on Calvin's
web site!) I attended Calvin, earned a degree in Music Education, taught school
for a couple of years before we started our business and our family of 4 sons.
I have been music director, worship leader and choir director in the various
churches I have been a member at, played organ and piano in churches since I
was 16, and currently am the pianist in our church and giving my talents back
for the Lord. It is so very rewarding and a whole lot of fun. I also enjoy
being a grandma to 3 (almost 4) beautiful children - Austin, Sydney and Dylan.
My parents, Rev. Gerard and Margaret Bouma live close by in one of the Holland
Home complexes called Breton Woods, and my brothers and sister, who all
attended LPCS live out west and over by Detroit.
In the summer of 07 my brothers and I took our parents to the Netherlands
for 2 weeks to visit our "roots", and it kindled my interest in my
earlier life, so I have been checking it all out; that's how I came across your
A favourite memory:
I remember the year the school started in the big old
building on Queens St. in about 1961 and we used to go exploring all the nooks
and crannies of the place - it was so big we got lost a couple of times. I
remember Mr VanderPloeg and Hilda Nauta were the teachers and Hilda lived with
our family. My dad was the minister at First CRC in London.
Then the school moved to Barker St.
in a really old 2 room schoolhouse, and since the student body was still so
small, we used to go off in a corner of the playground and sing campfire songs
at recess. Since there were only 2 classrooms, the older kids would help the
younger kids learn their lessons - it was like having built-in teacher's aids.
I remember vividly the day in 7th grade that JFK was assassinated and Mr Wm.
Vanderploeg the principal came in and told us that. One of those "Do you
remember where you were when..." days.
I still have my picture of Grade 8 graduation in London First church when we
all tried to look really grown-up. To this day I still have the long dress my
mom made for the occasion!
I remember all those tulip bulbs and candy bars that we all had to sell for the
cause, and I think our family always did pretty good, because we lived in
Oakridge Acres and there were a million houses to go door to door to. And we
sure did - the neighbours got pretty sick of us.
I also remember when we moved to the new building which was a WHOLE lot smaller
than what I see on your web site today. I think there were 4 - maybe 6
classrooms. And of course Mr. VanderPloeg's (in Gr. 8 it was Van Wieren's)
office right off the 7th & 8th grade classroom.
Blessings to your school. My dad remembers the meeting at
old Mr. Haagsma's farmhouse, and when the question about what the offering
should be for was asked, Mr Haagsma said " Christian School" and to
see that over 50 years later, those humble beginnings have been so blessed by
the Lord, and His faithfulness through the generations is so evident to see. I
am proud to say that I was a part of the beginning.