Little Star Montessori School in Winthrop will host a “Land Circle” ceremony on Wednesday (Feb.11) at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate the school’s recent acquisition of three lots adjacent to its existing playground.
Gifts from the Moccasin Lake Foundation, Ken Westman, Jeff and Alicia Brown, and Kristin and Steve Devin enabled the school to purchase the three properties in anticipation of future expansion, according to school director Dani Reynaud.
“Although Little Star has no immediate plans to develop facilities on the two lots to the north of the school, the school has already begun using the property as a sledding and skiing area, with a small tracked ski loop around the perimeter, courtesy of Methow Trails,” Reynaud said in a press release.
A partial lot donated by the Browns and the Devins (all of whom are Little Star alumni parents) will allow for the expansion of the playground area on the east side of the school in the spring, in order to create additional year-round outdoor play space for the students, Reynaud said.
Little Star contracted Balance Associates Architects to assist in developing a long-range plan for potential future expansion, Reynaud said, and the school is participating in the community-wide Early Childcare and Education (ECE) Needs Assessment to develop strategies to serve all of the Methow Valley’s children.
Little Star Montessori School was founded in 1982 and currently serves 76 children.