Redding Co-op Preschool Seeks Funding for Its Historic Schoolhouse

The Redding Cooperative Preschool, which has served local families for 58 years, is calling on the Shasta County community for help in facing up to $62,000 in unexpected repairs to its historic schoolhouse.

A letter (click on link, below) was mailed out to the preschool’s alumni to inform them of the damage and suggest ways they can help, including supporting the Co-op’s Feb. 23 Children’s Concert and raffle (see press release, attached) and March 15 Rummage Sale.

The preschool’s building is a former duplex, originally built to house Shasta Dam workers, and later moved to the current Redding site at 658 Mary Street. According to the Co-op’s documents, the surplus building was purchased in the summer of 1960 from the Bureau of Reclamation for $1. It was moved from Toyon to the then-Shasta College site (now the Shasta High School campus).
“You’ll see a few of these duplexes around town still,” said former Co-op teacher Barbara Lapp, 82, of Redding. She taught there from 1967 to 1994 and was a Co-op Parent in the preceding years.

The duplex’s two 2-bedroom, 1-bath homes were converted into classrooms, an art kitchen, snack kitchen and library/reading room, Lapp said. Its side-by-side garages were eventually connected by an interior hallway with kids’ cubbie shelves above a central room, where preschoolers now enjoy “circle time” together.

While the building has weathered, the Redding Co-op Preschool’s mission remains intact. It continues to provide an excellent and affordable education for young children and their families. The Redding Co-op is the only independent, non-profit preschool in Redding and offers the unique opportunity for parents, grandparents and other caregivers to continue being “their child’s first teacher” within a safe, supportive classroom setting.
From press release.
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