St. Philip’s Nursery School Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The beginning of the education year always is significant for parents and children, but this year it’s even more important than ever for the St. Philip’s Nursery School in Garrison. This fall the school will welcome new pre-schoolers as it observes its 50th birthday.
       Pre-school classes began in the fall of 1960. “The Vestry at that time saw the need for a program to serve the young families in the community,” recalls the Rev. Frank Geer, rector of St. Philip’s Church in the Highlands “The Parish House, which had previously housed the Garrison School kindergarten class, had space available. A St. Philip’s parishioner, Anne Prentice, had a nursery school in her home, and the Vestry invited her to start the first St. Philip’s Nursery School. It has been here ever since.”
       JoAnne Chadwick, director of St. Philip’s Nursery School, says that she and the staff are planning a series of celebratory events.  First up is a special children’s church service this Sunday, Sept. 26, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a coffee hour. A cocktail party, anniversary yearbook, special children’s play event, and extra-special graduation are planned for the spring.
       The school, at 1101 Route 9D, encourages all graduates and their families to sign up for the mailing list for this year’s events by calling (845) 424-4209. For further information, they can also visit the nursery school website: http://www.stphilipsns.org/


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