Six Lower Valley people are seeking spots on the Sunnyside Christian School Board. Three of the candidates will be selected for the board when the Sunnyside Christian School Society meets Monday, May 16, at 7 p.m. in the Sunnyside Christian Elementary School gym. Candidates include Nanci Campbell, Frank De Jong, Rob Faber, Bob Groeneweg, Aaron Prins and Doug Tyhuis.
The new board members will replace retiring board members Rosie Haak, Fred Broersma and Marten Bron, who are each completing a three-year term on the board.
Campbell, a former public school teacher, attended Sunnyside Christian School as a child. She said she is interested in making decisions which will be beneficial to the school and the children. She and her husband, Jim, have three children, one of whom attends first grade at Sunnyside Christian Elementary School. Her family attends Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church.
De Jong is a Grandview dairyman, and has previous school board experience having served on the Mt. Vernon Christian School Board, prior to moving to the Yakima Valley in 1996. He also previously serviced on the Sunnyside Christian School Board. and is currently serving on the school's finance committee. He and his wife, Heidi, have five children, three of whom now attend Sunnyside Christian School. His family attends Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church, where he and his wife have taught Sunday School for the 11th and 12th grades for the past nine years.
Faber, a Sunnyside attorney, and his wife Sonya are members of the Faith Community Church in Zillah. They have three children, one of whom now attends Sunnyside Christian School. Faber has lived in Sunnyside since 1999, working with the law offices of Hart and Winfree. He volunteers his time to be an assistant coach with the high school baseball team.
Groeneweg is an active member of the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church and with his wife Hester have two children, one of whom attends first grade at Sunnyside Christian School. He is active on the church council, having served as council president and clerk. He is a field representative for a large Yakima-based packing warehouse and farms north of Sunnyside.
Prins, a Mabton dairyman, is a 1990 Sunnyside Christian High School graduate. He and his wife, Brenda, have two sons, one of whom is a second grader at Sunnyside Christian School. He is a member of the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church, where he serves as a deacon.
Tyhuis and his wife, Rose, have three children and are members of the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church. He is the Cadet program counselor and a Sunday school teacher. He is also a salesman for Orange Dairy Service.
All six candidates agree that they strongly believe in providing their children with a Christ- centered Bible-based quality education. Each also has publicly said they are in favor of parental involvement in the education of their children.