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A Focus on Community at Hinesburg Nursery School

Posted by  Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017 03:54 PM
BY SARA ARMSTRONG DONEGAN, PARENT VOLUNTEER

Hinesburg Nursery School (HNS) is a parent-cooperative non-profit that has been serving Hinesburg families for 35 years.My husband, James Donegan, attended HNS in 1984, and now our daughter is in her second year at the school. Many things have changed since then (including now having paid, certified teachers!), but the thriving community spirit, the fact that the school is managed by parent volunteers, and the focus on families has remained the same.

HNS hosted the 19th Annual Waffle Breakfast and Silent Auction on February 11th.The midwinter event has become a staple event in Hinesburg. It serves as a fun family outing servingup delicious food, family fun and fantastic auction items. This year was no different and we are extremely grateful to all the local businesses that donated, and families that came out to make this another successful year. Thank you! This year’s Waffle Breakfast event was extra fun with Big Blue Trunk keeping kiddos busy with awesome activities in the school gym, face painting, crafts and a visit from Monty the Moose of University of Vermont Children’s Hospital.

Local Boy Scouts Thomas Frink and Caleb Nye built a fun game, The Tractor Game, to challenge the kids and we thank them for their attendance and support of HNS. The UVM Women’s Lacrosse team also pitched in by volunteering; 34 players and two coaches helped us out! We could not have pulled it off without the stellar support of Hinesburg Community School’s maintenance staff- a very big thanks in particular to Carrie Justice and Leonard Mungeon.The spirit of the parent-cooperative model was evident under the direction of Jess Mason (HNS Fundraising Coordinator) in the hours of hard work put in by the HNS families to serve up breakfast to over 250 people and made for special morning in our community!

In tandem with the Waffle Breakfast preparation, children in the HNS classroom were focusing on learning about Love and Friendship. They made valentines, practiced recognizing the letters in their friend’s names, had a Valentine’s Day party, and read books and sang songs all with a focus on Love and Friendship.

In March, the school will have an art show on display at the Carpenter-Carse Library. Artwork from throughout the school year will be showcased in the Community Room staring March 4 and ending March 31st. We hope you will drop in at the library and check out the great work these kiddos have been doing!

Hinesburg Nursery School is a parent cooperative preschool located in the Heart of Hinesburg. We are a STARS rated program for children ages three to five. For more information about our school call 482-3827 or visit us at www.hinesburgnurseryschool.org. Registration is closed for 2017-18, but if you’d like to get on our waiting list please contact Jen Morton at 482-4931.

 

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