Kingdom Kidz Christian Learning Center of El Dorado is growing and needs a fence built so the kids can experience productive time outside. It’s the “Kingdom Kidz Fence” project, and the preschool is currently raising funds for it. Kingdom Kidz is part of Family Worship Center on South Atchison.

During the last five years, enrollment has increased from seven to 36 students during the school year and 20 students during the summer session. Kingdom Kidz fills a gap in the community between what the school district is able to provide for early education and what programs like Head Start provide.

The fundraiser involves drawings for a watch and neckclace on Oct. 27. Raffle tickets are $1 per ticket or $5 for six. All money and tickets need to be turned in by Oct. 24. Participants should make sure there is a name and good phone number on each ticket purchased, and the two winners will be called. The watch’s retail value is $91, and the necklace’s is $59.

Donations of $250 or more will be recognized publicly. Donations of $500 or more will be recognized publicly and have the opportunity to place a banner on the outside of the “Kingdom Kidz Fence” for at least six months, pending banner approval from the Kingdom Kidz Preschool Board of Directors.

Those who would like to sit down and have a discussion about donating time, money or services can contact Volunteer Treasurer Kristy Randall directly at krrandall@hrblock.com or her office phone number, 316-321-6960. A meeting with Director Katherine Johnson can also be arranged, but Johnson’s time during the day is devoted to her students.

Kingdom Kidz is a Christian-based early learning program available to those who would like to enroll. The Monday, Wednesday, Friday program is for kids four and five years old, and they either attend a morning or afternoon session. Tuition is $85 per student. The Tuesday and Thursday program is for three-year-old and also offers either a morning or afternoon session, but it has been only mornings for a couple of years now. Tuition is $70.

This is a self-sustaining program, and the church houses the preschool. Tuition pays for all of the operating costs, such as the payroll for the one staff person and all supplies, equipment and licensing costs. The church is not able to provide for large items needed by the preschool, and Kingdom Kidz is not going to raise tuition to cover necessary large items. This is their first major fundraiser.