Church of the Mountains Preschool celebrates 25 years
Church of the Mountains Preschool celebrated 25 years of touching childrenand#8217;s lives throughout the community in February. The preschool, started by Diane Fix in 1984, is a nonprofit organization in its original location, the Truckee United Methodist Church in Downtown Truckee. Many of the families that started with the school 25 years ago sent their children or grandchildren to the preschool as well. Multi-generational participation adds to the preschooland#8217;s family atmosphere of the .
The gifts of this experience are the foundation of a successful life. Fixand#8217;s original plan is in place today. She developed a program that supports a psychological and spiritual basis. Children learn to deal with emotions that surface as they begin to interact with other children. She wanted children to explore their own possibilities through decision-making freedom. They learn the and#8220;how and whysand#8221; of their environment through experimenting with a variety of materials and curriculum to support cognitive growth at each stage of development.
Fix felt it was imperative to introduce a sense of and#8220;global awareness.and#8221; She wanted to help children see themselves in relationship to family, community, nations, the world and the universe. Fix states, and#8220;It is our belief that giving children a love for cultural diversity is one of the greatest gifts we can instill in them!and#8221;
Dianne Fix, the original director and now assistant director, started the preschool with the intent of delivering a program based on helping children through their journey to build positive self image through intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. The program promotes success and enjoyment of school, home and community. These goals are fostered by the programand#8217;s cognitive, psychological and multicultural curriculum. and#8220;We hope to give children an experience in different cultures through literature, clothing, music, food and customs,and#8221; says Eileen Lyon, the new director of the preschool. and#8220;By understanding the gifts of each culture, children will more easily see themselves in relation to the world and#8212; past, present and future,and#8221; Lyon adds.
In 1982, Dianne Fix brought her experience of seven years of directing a preschool in Santa Cruz to Truckee and started the Northstar Preschool. In 1984 she reach out to the community even further by starting an after school program for children at the Truckee Recreation Center. When the space at the Truckee United Methodist Church became available in September 1984, Fixand#8217;s dream came into clear focus with the start of the Church of the Mountains Preschool.
Her dream continued to expand. With the help and support of parents, the Truckee Rotary and the Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner, a community outreach literacy program, Read To Me, was started in 1999. Over the years, thousands of books and book bags were distributed to families in the community. These went to North Lake Pediatrics for new families, the State Preschools at North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, the Head Start program and to the KidZone in Truckee. This program offers the means for parents to read to their children with the intent of instilling a value of literature.
The Church of the Mountains Preschool offers an approach to help prepare children for the world tomorrow. What better way to start preparing a child for the world in which we live and the one they will build tomorrow through understanding and acceptance? Dianne Fix stated: and#8220;If children have a good experience at preschool, they will do well in lifeand#8221;.
Church of the Mountains Preschool, located in the Truckee Methodist Church, 10079 Church Street in downtown Truckee, offers preschool for 3 to 5-year-olds with two-day, three-day and five-day options. For more information call 587-8056, or e-mail COMPreschool@clearwire.net.
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