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Lizette Farraro, an assistant preschool teacher at Verde Christian Academy, watches as five-year-old Lucas Shires addresses his fellow classmates. The school’s preschool program recently was recognized by Quality First with a five-star rating. VVN/Bill Helm

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Verde Christian nets 5-star rating for preschool program

COTTONWOOD – A few years back, Verde Christian Academy resolved itself to create what Ben Russel called a “better product for our kids.”