Size matters at Washburn
Expansion completed in time for preschool year

       Things are on schedule at Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School.
       At just the right times, nearly 100 youngsters learn, play and get food from the non-profit facility's staff.
       And fortunately, for the Westside preschool, its contractor (Charlie Paterson Construction) was right on time as well, completing a 1,600-square-foot expansion, as promised, in time for the fall classes starting in September.
       After a groundbreaking last March 3, work crews have added a classroom and community room/library just north of the previous 5,000-square-foot school at 914 N. 19th St. In addition, major remodeling work has been done on the older building, including the kitchen, a classroom, storage and parking lot.
       Some “finishing touches” still remain, Adminis-trative Director Leslie Versace said, such as landscaping, painting, rocks and sand placement. But the main work inside has been completed, and all is functional, she said.
       The non-profit organization, which counts on its parents for direction and classroom assistance, has taken care of preschoolers on the Westside since 1961.
       Enjoying the new community room with its several large windows, Versace commented, “Even on a gray day, it seems bright and full of light in here.”
       Fund-raising is ongoing to defray the costs of the addition.

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