Nonprofit Village Green Nursery of Bedford Village Celebrates 55 Years
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"Norma is unbelievable," Boege says. "She's really passionate about science and recycling, and she gets the kids talking about really complicated subjects at a level that's appropriate for them." Projects in Bandak's classroom include crafts made from "garbage" or other recyclable objects and a butterfly garden, inspired and orchestrated by the kids. "Norma knows the children so well," she adds. "She wants them to question life and question the world around them."
In addition to classroom activities, students engage in a number of community outreach field trips throughout the year, including weekly trips to the local library and annual trips to the firehouse and the post office. The school hosts a Halloween parade in which students and teachers dress up and walk into town, serenading shoppers and librarians with Halloween tunes. They also host various community-building activities; Grandparents Day is a particular favorite.
While it offers a robust curriculum, the school stays true to its not-for-profit roots. In the past several years, Boege says, the school has been able to award scholarships to children on a need-based level, thanks to donations from past parents. "It's a wonderful thing that we can give back to the community like that," she says. "The children who we've been able to help...they need to be here. We feel really good about it."
For more information on The Village Green Nursery School, contact Samantha Boege at 914-234-4316.