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MISSISSIPPI STRONG: G.G.'s Christian Academy to close after 35 years

A preschool in Pearl is preparing to close its doors after decades of serving kids and the community. Source: WLBT A preschool in Pearl is preparing to close its doors after decades of serving kids and the community. Source: WLBT
It was that love for children that led two sisters Lula and Lela to start G G's Christian Kindercare and Academy back in 1983. Source: WLBT It was that love for children that led two sisters Lula and Lela to start G G's Christian Kindercare and Academy back in 1983. Source: WLBT
From there, the bright orange building that sits off Airport Road in Pearl, blossomed into a well-known pre-school that has attracted families from Rankin County and surrounding areas. Source: WLBT From there, the bright orange building that sits off Airport Road in Pearl, blossomed into a well-known pre-school that has attracted families from Rankin County and surrounding areas. Source: WLBT
After a decline in enrollment, Taylor says the center will say farewell to students Friday. Source: WLBT After a decline in enrollment, Taylor says the center will say farewell to students Friday. Source: WLBT
Over the past three decades, hundreds of children have walked through the doors of G G's. Source: WLBT Over the past three decades, hundreds of children have walked through the doors of G G's. Source: WLBT
PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A preschool in Pearl is preparing to close its doors after decades of serving kids and the community.

"It's kind of bittersweet to know that you have impacted the lives of so many children, for the wonderful teachers God blessed us with over the years that had a genuine love for children," said Lela Taylor, assistant director of G.G's.

It was that love for children that led two sisters Lula Williams and Lela Taylor to start G.G.'s Christian Kindercare//Academy back in 1983.

"We wanted to make a difference in education in Rankin County Schools so, we set out to propel our children to the highest possible level that they could achieve", said Taylor. 

From there, the bright orange building that sits off Airport Road in Pearl, blossomed into a well-known preschool that has attracted families from Rankin County and surrounding areas, but after a decline in enrollment, Taylor says the center will say farewell to students Friday.

"After you get older in age you need to slow down," said Taylor. "But the main reason we are closing is a suppressed economy, children can go to public school, age 4, age 5. When we first started we went to 6th grade but, we scaled down after attendance started to decline."

Over the past three decades, hundreds of children have walked through the doors of G.G.'s --- many of them have gone on to become successful adults -- including Justin Jenkins who played football at Mississippi State and in the NFL.

"My time here was something I never will forget, not only for myself but for my sisters," said former student, Justin Jenkins. "They taught me a lot. They taught me about values. You don't know what you're getting when you're here, but when you leave, you get why you were here and why God placed you in this place." 

Many parents and grandparents -- sad to see the school go -- say G.G.'s was a place where they could bring their children to learn and play in a safe, Christian environment.

"They do everything that is biblically based," said Mary Carr. "So, you see it when the children come home in the afternoon. When my grandson comes home in the afternoon and we prepare his food, he prays before he eats." 

The two sisters -- whose school has touched so many lives -- are now preparing to enjoy life outside the classroom, but they hope the spirit of G.G.'s will live on through their students who are now living #MississippiStrong. 

"Over the years, I meet people and they say my child was Valedictorian at Puckett, McLaurin, Pearl", said Taylor. "That let's us know we have planted a seed that's growing that children hopefully will affect the world, and become life learners.

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