Nursery school raising money for new digs |

Nursery school raising money for new digs

William Ferchland
Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily Tribune Josie Bailey, 3, who attends the Tahoe Parents Nursery School, enjoys a slice of watermelon during a snack break.

MEYERS – After 46 years of moving from home to home, Tahoe Parents Nursery School will soon have a place to call its own.

The school, which is run by parents and two program directors, is planning a new location at the campus of Lake Tahoe Community College. Ground breaking is scheduled for summer.

“For a school that’s been around for so long it will be nice to have a permanent home,” said Aileen Yure, who directs the school with Jennifer Bronken.

The school has bounced from churches, St. Theresa Catholic School and is currently housed at Meyers Elementary. It will be located at this fall Al Tahoe Elementary, which will be closed due to budget constraints. The new $500,000 facility’s target date is January 2005, said Jon Stephens, vice president of business services at LTCC.

Flexibility and changing with the times are keys to being able to survive for more than four decades in any business. Worries about another move were nonexistent Monday as 30 children played at Tahoe Paradise Park.

Since the school acts as a cooperative, parents are required to work one day a week. Shelly Bailey was one of the adults using Monday to fulfill that requirement.

Bailey, who has her second child in the school, said she enjoys the parent involvement, socialization between the children and Monday meetings on parenthood.

“If (children) are socially and emotionally prepared, they’ll do well academically,” she said.

Tamara Plake-Bunnett, who went to the school as a child with her brother, Glen, is now working at the school as a parent.

Plake-Bunnett said she digs the school because of the bonds formed between parents and structure of the day. Each morning children conduct a group activity then break off into separate stations such as science, cooking and painting.

One exercise included dipping a worm into “pet-friendly” paint and watching it wiggle over paper, Plake-Bunnett said.

“What also is nice is because we work at the school we know what our kids do at school,” she said.

The nursery school is run through the college. Monday meetings, which are more like a parenting class and supply college credits, include topics like disciplining, the relationship between parents and sibling rivalries.

“It’s always good to be reminded … and realize that it’s not just my kids who are losing it,” Plake-Bunnett joked.

The school’s enrollment is hovering at 30. Competition and families moving off the hill have dropped enrollment numbers that once were at 42 children.

Stephens said the new nursery school will be 2,900 square feet. It will be the equivalent of a large, simple house, he said.

When the school is in session, college students in child development classes will be able to observe the children. When TPNS is out, LTCC will utilize the two classrooms.

A fund-raiser for the new building will be held Friday at Lake Tahoe Community College. Highlights include a no-host martini bar, appetizers from Cork & More and a silent auction.

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TPNS Fund-raiser

What: Alumni social

Why: Fund-raiser for new building

Where: LTCC student center

When: Friday from 7 to 10 p.m.

Tickets are available for $25 per person at Fox Gas Station, Eloise Automotive and TPNS at Meyers Elementary.

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