So I was again drafted this year to take the class and individual photos of the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool this year. Some 1600 images later, here are all the photos! For those parents coming here to Trotz.com to peruse the images for purchase (all funds benefit the Preschool), please follow the links below to review the galleries. As some of our little ones were less than cooperative, you may find photos of your tots in non-consecutive order in the galleries – so leaf through them to be sure you’ve seen all there is to see! It was again a pleasure, if somewhat challenging, working with the kids and the other volunteers to corral and capture these images all our kids – I hope you enjoy the fruits of our labor!
To order prints: please download the order form here (Microsoft Excel file, 26kb or Adobe PDF, 34k). Order forms should be turned into either GPCP office in the envelope marked with “Fall Pictures Orders” with check (made out to GPCP) or cash by Tuesday, November 25th. Order forms are also available at the offices.
We marked the birth of the new Cabbagetown campus as well as the 7th birthday of the Grant Park lcoation with the annual Grant Park Cooperative Preschool Birthday Party this Saturday. The party was held this year at the Cabbagetown campus playground where the C-town kids have spent the last couple of days getting to know their new home away from home. There was a wonderful Nigerian drummer ‘Bisi’ who entranced all the kids, collage-making, lots of FOOD, and good company. Click here to see a collection of photos from the event.
Wow. It’s hard to believe, but in a little over a week Sam will be heading to preschool. Amy and I attended orientation night for the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool. Above, eager moms sign up for parent helper days at the school (more photos are here). We were able to meet fellow parents, hear more about solving the delays in opening the Cabbagetown Campus, and learn about the background of the Reggio Emilia approach. It’s a fascinating approach, and more of a philosophy than a curriculum like some other methods. Founded shortly after WWII in the small Italian town of the same name, the approach focuses on exploration, empowerment of even the youngest child, problem solving and expression of all forms. I think Sam’s going to love it. More on the approach on the GPCP web site is here.
Grant Park Cooperative Preschool parents Jack and Kim Sobel graciously offered to donate 15% of the night’s proceeds from their newest restaurant, the Cajun-inspired Redfish, toward the start up costs for the new Cabbagetown campus. Above, our friend Laura tries to entertain her daughter Shoshanna AND eat dinner at the same time. Always a difficult task, alas. Amy, Sam and I headed over for a lovely meal (mmmm, shrimp and grits!) amid many rowdy children. A good time was had by all! More photos are here.