Fuzzy Pickles Preschool to get new building
By: Allison Chorney
| Posted: Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 11:48 am
Fuzzy Pickles Society of Alberta, which is described as Airdrie’s only not-for-profit preschool, is gearing up to purchase a new building for the school located at 1003 Allen Street, and is hoping to have the mobile unit on site by year’s end.
“The current (building) is 27 years old and is a mobile classroom,” said Janet Schimmel, vice chair for the society.
She said the need for a new building isn’t one of requiring more room but of utilizing the space better.
Schimmel said the building lacks functional storage space and the issue was addressed by erecting a shed on the property.
However, the shed is not attached to the building and isn’t heated, which makes getting toys and supplies from it in the winter a bone-chilling experience for teachers.
The new building will be a 40-foot-by-60-foot mobile classroom with a teachers office for parent meetings, have a designated storage area inside, have handicap accessible toilets (something the current building is lacking) and a janitorial supply closet.
It is anticipated to be on site and ready for students by September.
If the building is not available by the start of the September school year, Schimmel said the society will wait until the December break as to not disrupt students and programs.
“It will be here this year,” she said.
The cost for the new building is about $235,000, which the school has been raising funds for two years.
“That’s the cost of the building but doesn’t include the thousand of volunteer hours to move from one building to the other,” Schimmel said.
The school has raised $105,000 so far, with the last $5,000 coming from the Kinsmen Club of Airdrie on April 14.
“The Kinsmen Club of Airdrie has been really kind,” Schimmel said.
“I was so thrilled (about the donation) I did a hoorah dance. I just really appreciate the support they’ve given.”
The school is also selling calendars for $20 as another fundraiser and is accepting additional donations.
To purchase a calendar, call the school at 403-948-5277 and to donate, contact Schimmel at 403-809-3508.
“Anything is welcome and everything is appreciated,” she said.
The school, which currently has 96 students attending programs, is run by a volunteer board of directors, who funnel all program fees collected back into the operations of the school.
“Our goal is to keep preschool affordable in Airdrie,” she said.
For more information on the school, visit fuzzypickles.ca