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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided and also served as clerk, Van Raalte reported that the district school now has 220 children. He proposes that the congregation establish a Christian parochial school to "provide a good Christian influence." Education for girls has been neglected. The school would be funded by the congregation and a moderate tuition charge. The consistory approved of the idea unanimously.
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1856). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 355.