Timothy Christian Schools may soon reopen their doors, but not to their own students as Gov. JB Pritzker’s mandate remains in place.
Rather the early education wing of the elementary school building is set to serve as a daycare for the children of nurses, doctors and other health care professionals from Elmhurst Hospital.
“Yes, mayor, you can count on Timothy,” Matt Davidson, superintendent of Timothy Christian Schools in Elmhurst, told Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley, when he asked if the school would serve as an emergency daycare facility for the children of Elmhurst Hospital employees. Timothy Christian Schools has collaborated with the city on other community wide efforts.
All of the mobilization is in place to make the transformation happen swiftly. The effort is a collaboration between Timothy Christian Schools, the city of Elmhurst, Elmhurst Hospital and the YMCA.
“I have utmost respect for the mayor and his entire team,” Davidson said. “This city has strong leadership, strong people and a strong resolve. I’m in regular communication with Steve Morley and [Elmhurst City Manager] Jim Grabowski about ways in which our school can step up during this extraordinary trial. These two lead by example, and they are an inspiration in this community. Helping our health care professionals is something that we are all eager and honored to do.”
Additionally, Timothy Christian Schools is making face shields with approved material on a laser cutter in the high school’s innovation and design lab. The shields will be donated to DuPage Medical Group.
“As an organization that has been around since 1911, our school has endured adversity plenty of times,” Davidson said. “But Timothy doesn’t flinch in times like this. We push in with courage and love because of our faith in Christ.” One of Timothy’s core values happens to be courageous leadership.”