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Big surprise for students at tuition free private school

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One group of kids got a surprise when they returned to school from the holiday break this week.   They went to a different location, larger and with designated rooms
With 12,000 square feet of space .kindergarten and first grade students at South Side Christian Academy now have more room to spread out.

"Some of the things that we struggled through in the old building were behavior issues or things that we just attributed to space.   And even in a day or two we're seeing the difference of that," said school director Susan Zobrist

On Tuesday students returned school and their new location .the former Knights of Columbus building on Peoria's South Side.    There's no tuition and it's funded through donations.  When they started the school two years ago, the kindergarten students were cramped into space at Hilltop Fellowship Church.  Now there are three class rooms, a fireside library, and a huge multipurpose room and a large kitchen.   Parents like Marcoya Slaughter and Kayla Gualandi say they have more space to bond with their kids and the staff.

"We see this school as a family because because we all started together.   We didn't know what we were doing," said parent Marcoya Slaughter.

"Financially it's everything just cause I do have 3 kids, I'm a single mom.  But it's not so much about the money.  If it wasn't tuition free I'd still pay for them to go here.  It's just the bond I have with the teachers and the staff," said parent Kayla Gualandi

Each year the school plans to add a grade level up to grade 8. 

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