The struggling economy has forced a faith-based school in Chico shut down in the middle of the school year.
King's Christian School held its final a bittersweet celebration Wednesday morning. After 27 years in operation, the elementary school is closing due to financial constraints.
The school which includes grades K-6 is located on the property of the First Assembly of God Church. Its finances are in such trouble that the school calendar year couldn't be completed.
Pastor Scott Williams said the church struggled with the decision, but faced a sudden dip in enrollment.
"We had about 20 percent of our students, eight of them, they were pulling before Christmas came," said Williams. "So we had to make a decision before January."
Parents like Julie York said they will miss the tight-knit caring community and individual attention that a small school likes this provides to their sons and daughters.
"Just the small class size, the individual one on one, the nurturing," said York. "He's done amazing here."
Robert Powell said King's Christian provided his four children with an additional 'R' to go with writing, reading and arithmetic. Religion, provides a direction for his little ones.
"For us the whole purpose is we want to give our kids the foundation," said Powell. "So they would make better decision when temptation arises."
Of the 40 children who were at King's Christian, half of them will attend public schools. The rest will either find another private school or be home-schooled.
The pre-school will continue to run. Beginning in August of 2013, the kindergarten will resume operation.