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Preschool is Moving to Immanuel



 photo of contract signing

 Signing of the lease with the Valley Drive Cooperative Preschool:  Pictured (left to right): Brandy Reber, president; Cindy Hodgkins, director, Becky Kotuby, past president,and Randy Alexander, Rector of Immanuel.  photo by Jennifer Addington


Did you notice a large POD in the parking lot earlier in June? That big storage box signaled "move in day" for our newest tenant, the Valley Drive Cooperative Preschool. If you hadn't yet heard, this September, for the first time in decades, Immanuel will be the Monday-through-Friday home of this 56-year-old Alexandria preschool. We count current and former VDCP students among our parishioners.

Here's a short update on the move: Our Sunday School room classes are all freshly painted, and the teachers and preschool volunteers moved in their furniture and supplies last week. Cub Run Builders started on the new nursery door construction on June 23 (city code requires a second door to be in place.) The goal is to have the construction completed on July 9, so that the nursery can be painted on July 10 or 11. The preschool staff hopes to be setting up the classrooms and preparing for the fire inspection and walk through with state license personnel the week of July 14th.

Watch Immanuel's website for future updates on the new playground coming to Immanuel's back garden later this summer.

From Immanuel's side, the staff and Vestry are grateful to parishioner Bill Duran, who has been hard at work clearing and organizing the space under the outdoor deck in order to provide an unencumbered and safe route for the Valley Drive children going to the playground. He has hung our work ladders on the deck sides, nailed a 2 x 4 board between two supports to keep objects from poking out into the walkway, and installed a piece of lattice to keep the stored items hidden.

Bill also is working with Garden Ministry lead Chris von Schoening to clean out the garden storage area, a room located under the kitchen with outdoor access. They have emptied the space of outdated supplies and found new homes for some old worktables and ladders. That should allow enough room to store pumpkin wagons that were previously corralled under the deck. Please thank Bill for this critical work when you next see him.

Have questions or comments about the construction activities? Please speak to our Resources Steward, Doug Onley (dougandkam@verizon.net).

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