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A parent-run co-operative that served the neighbourhood of Riverview and children of Winnipeg for over 40 years is closing its doors.
The anticipated closure of the South Osborne Nursery School in June brings sadness for the many whose lives were enriched at the school every day.
South Osborne Nursery School (S.O.N.S.) was started by a group of parents in the Riverview neighborhood in 1975. For area resident Darcie Reimer, the closure will mark the end of an important era.
"All three of my children (now in their late teens and 20s) attended S.O.N.S. They looked forward to their school day and playing with their friends and I looked forward to a few hours to get some errands done or talk with grownups.
"My kids still have close friends from their nursery school days and so do I," said Reimer, an early childhood educator who worked at S.O.N.S for seven years.
Reimer appreciated the focus on social interaction and learning through play. The small class sizes allowed teachers to attend to the various needs of children and the parents were community minded and supportive.
"Parents would drop their kids off, chat outside the classroom and end up at someone’s house for a coffee before heading back to pick up the kids.
"The teachers planned field trips, seasonal concerts and events to include the parents and siblings, so it became a place to connect with neighbours.
"Everyone remembers the annual farm field trip. For many kids this was their first experience on a school bus," Reimer fondly remembers.
There are other fun-filled memories. Reimer’s daughter recalls returning home from school wearing boy’s underwear from the lost-and-found because she’d peed in her pants.
Her son remembers the time they had to wash their dishes in a little sink after snack, and his friend, instead of washing dishes, filled a backpack with water and tried to put it on his back.
With more families with two parents working outside the home and needing full-time daycare and programs, registration numbers have been dwindling.
Because the school is a parent-run co-operative, volunteer commitment has been crucial to its operation.
The last official day of classes at S.O.N.S. is Fri., June 17. There will be an event at the Park Theatre on Sunday, May 1 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to celebrate the nursery school. Former students, teachers and families are welcome to attend.
Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for South Osborne.
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Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for St. Boniface.
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