By Amy Kane
Hampton Union, Friday, July 22, 2005
[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online]
HAMPTON -- On July 28 and 29, blocks, books, dolls, puzzles and toy trucks will be packed away in boxes and Village Preschool will move from 70 High St. to a new location just down the road, in the lower level of Trinity Episcopal Church.
The teachers could use a helping hand.
"We want to get the word out," said Marcy Booth, a member of the board of directors at the preschool. "We’re doing the repainting now, and we’re looking for volunteers to help us move at the end of July."
Ginny Bridle, executive director and head teacher, said the school is moving into the space formerly occupied by Aslan’s Pride Nursery School for two reasons.
"It’s a safer facility, and the landlords are excited to have us there. They’ve supported our mission for many years," she said.
Village Preschool was founded in 1993 to offer preschool to children ages 3 through 6 whose families might not otherwise be able to afford it.
"It’s very important in this day and age that children have the preschool experience," said Bridle.
Bridle said Village Preschool is seeking financial assistance, to be able to continue offering scholarships. One-third of the 40 to 45 students at the preschool are on full scholarships, one-third on half-scholarships, and one-third pay full tuition.
"We survive on contributions from individuals and corporations," said Bridle. "In 12 years of operating, we’ve never turned a child away."
Local businessman Tom Nigrelli of Appleton Oaks in Hampton has offered once again this year to match donations to the school up to $10,000. All contributions are tax deductible.
Both Marcy Booth, who taught world languages at North Hampton School for many years, and her daughter Emma, a student at Village Preschool, have a special place in their hearts for the school.
"Emma loves it," said Booth, who joined the board of directors this year. "They have four fabulous teachers who have been there since the beginning. There is a genuine love I can see that the teachers have for the students. They don’t give up on anyone. They work with all the kids."
The school will open in its new location in the lower level of Trinity Episcopal Church, at 200 High St., on Monday, Aug. 1, continuing the summer session. There are openings for the 2005-06 school year.
"We’re excited about our new facility and invite the community to come see us any time," said Bridle.
The number for Village Preschool is 929-7349.