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Neighborhood Preschoolers Trick-or-Treat on Wesleyan’s Campus

On Oct. 31, Wesleyan’s Neighborhood Preschool participated in the annual NPS Halloween Parade. The children, accompanied by their families and care-takers, stopped at Olin Library, South College and North College to trick-or-treat, sing songs and show off their costumes. Many trick-or-treaters are the children of Wesleyan faculty and staff. Several staff from University Communications dressed up and offered candy to the parade participants. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

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Neighborhood Preschoolers Receive New Playground, Playscapes

Wesleyan staff, faculty and local residents who have, or had children attend Neighborhood Preschool, participated in an NPS Playground Dedication and Celebration on June 28. The Neighborhood Preschool was founded in 1983 and adopted a formal relationship with Wesleyan in 1988. Children enjoyed time at the playground during the dedication.

Wesleyan staff, faculty and local residents who have, or had children attend Neighborhood Preschool, participated in an NPS Playground Dedication and Celebration on June 28. The Neighborhood Preschool was founded in 1983 and adopted a formal relationship with Wesleyan in 1988. Children enjoyed time at the playground during the dedication.

Makaela Kingsley, director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, is chair of the NPS fundraising committee. Her children, Amelia and Eli, are current preschoolers.

Makaela Kingsley ’98, director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, is chair of the NPS fundraising committee. Her children, Amelia and Eli, are current preschoolers. Kingsley and Lauren Caldwell, assistant professor of classical studies, spearheaded fundraising efforts for the playground.

Student-Athletes Lend a Hand at Wesleyan’s Neighborhood Preschool

A rotating crew made up of the Wesleyan baseball team helped remove a 23-year-old wooden playscape at the Neighborhood Preschool Oct. 5. Team members arriving for the earliest shift are, from left, Coach Mark Woodworth '94; Jimmy Hill ’14 of Glastonbury, Conn.; Jordan Farber '16, of  Livingston, N.J.; Jeff Blout ’14 of Duxbury, Mass.; Chris Law ’14 of Dover, Mass.; and Kai Kirk '16 of San Jose, Calif.

A rotating crew made up of the Wesleyan baseball team helped remove a 23-year-old wooden playscape at the Neighborhood Preschool Oct. 5. Team members arriving for the earliest shift are, from left, Coach Mark Woodworth ’94; Jimmy Hill ’14 of Glastonbury, Conn.; Jordan Farber ’16, of  Livingston, N.J.; Jeff Blout ’14 of Duxbury, Mass.; Chris Law ’14 of Dover, Mass.; and and Kai Kirk ’16 of San Jose, Calif.

At Wesleyan’s Neighborhood Preschool on Lawn Avenue, a 23-year-old wooden playscape with safety issues needed to come down.

Mark Woodworth ’94, father of current NPS student Dylan, and head coach of Wesleyan’s baseball team, signed up to help. On Oct. 5, Woodworth and his team set aside the baseball bat and took swings with sledge hammers and mallets, wielding tools, and lifting timbers between their Friday morning classes.

During playtime, the NPS students looked on in amazement, repeating to each other what their teacher, Karyn Hurlbert reminded them, “Stay out of the sandbox”—where the baseball team was dismantling their old climber.
The playscape will be replaced later this month after a successful fundraising effort chaired by Neighborhood Preschool (NPS) parents Lauren Caldwell, assistant professor of classical studies, and Makaela Kingsley ’98, associate director of events for University Relations.

Built by Bears Playgrounds, it is to be named “The Teachers’ Playscape,” in honor of the dedicated individuals who have taught and nurtured community youngsters in the more than three decades that the school has been in operation. Additionally, Jen Alexander ’88, Scott Kessell ’88, and Matt Niland are involved in creating and building additional structures that will share the playground space.

“We have had great support from Wesleyan,” notes Hurlbert, adding that the NPS location on High Street also is getting a new climber.

By noon the old jungle gym was down and the site cleared and ready for the arrival of the new centerpiece to NPS children’s active play.

Additional photos of the playground destruction are below: (Photos by Cynthia Rockwell)