Redding Co-op Preschool Letter to Friends and Alumni

Dear alumni and friends of the Redding Cooperative Preschool,Greetings from the 2013-14 class of Redding Co-op parents! We are pleased to carry on the preschool’s 58-year tradition, educating Redding’s youngest students and fostering a community of cooperation.We know many of you have special memories of your time at the Co-op. In its nearly six decades, more than 1,000 children have learned their letters under its roof and hung up their first artworks on its walls. It is our beloved and historic school building that we’re writing you about. We need your help to fund much-needed repairs to the Co-op’s aging schoolhouse.

Built in 1940 as two homes for Shasta Dam workers, the structures were  moved to their current location in 1960. This winter the Co-op community discovered a large repair need. While school is out of session this summer, we must replace badly damaged siding, install safer windows, and add an entire new roof. So far, three separate licensed contractors have estimated the cost at up to $62,000.

We are applying for multiple grants and hold an emergency fund that could cover a portion of the job, about $20,000. We are asking alumni and community members to donate to our cause. Here are a few ways you can help.

— Send money: Any donation would be of great benefit – but if the Co-op’s 560 known alumni families each gave $50 or $100, we’d have a large portion of the money we need. To make a credit-card or Paypal donation, visit www.reddingcooppreschool.org/support.
Or mail a check to: Redding Cooperative Preschool, P.O. Box 992254, Redding, CA 96099-2254.
The Co-op is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax deductible.

— Come to the concert: At 1 p.m. Sunday, February 23, come relive sweet old times at our 39th annual Children’s Concert at the David Marr Auditorium in Redding. Purchase some raffle tickets and you may win four free tickets to Disneyland, among many other prizes!

— Shop – or clean out your closet: On Saturday, March 15, Co-op families will hold their annual rummage sale inside Trinity Lutheran Church, 2440 Hilltop Drive in Redding. Save the date to come shop, or donate items ahead of time by calling the Co-op at 241-4355.

— Tell your friends: We have a good list of Co-op alumni families, but we’re surely missing some. Many lifelong friendships are forged on the Mary Street campus. If you’re in touch with other alumni, let them know how they can help.

Together, we can help preserve a great piece of Redding history, and the only independent, non-profit preschool in Redding. Let’s ensure another 58 years of learning. Thank you for your support!

Kate Gray Tioran

Parent Body President
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