Natural School to host Spring Festival with focus on kids

By Dalila Early

Have you noticed yet? The days are getting longer, warmer, and more colorful with all the beautiful flowers, and our neighbors are out and about running, walking, strolling. It’s happening! Spring is coming back to Cooper-Young. It’s time to celebrate!

The children, families, and staff of the Natural Learning School are offering something very special to our community this spring: a brand new festival.

Our first Spring Festival will take place at the Peabody Park on Saturday, May 1st, from 10 am until 3 pm.

As a Reggio Emilia–inspired school, we offer our children opportunities to engage in hands-on, meaningful, long-term projects. In February, our teachers and children (ages 2 to 9 years old) started a dialogue about: celebration, festivals… Questions like “What is a festival?” “What makes a festival really fun?” and “How would you like to contribute to our festival?” were asked and answered by the children together with the teachers, and our festival was born.

After many brainstorming sessions, the children came up with some fantastic ideas for games, food, and items to sell. They are now very busy turning their dreams into reality, experiencing the successes and failures that are part of any inventor’s life. Any time they encounter an obstacle, our teachers are there, not to solve the problem for them, but to guide their search for a solution. The result of this collaboration between children and teachers is a very rich learning experience for everyone involved. So, every item you find for sale in the children’s corner of our festival has been dreamed, designed, and built by one of our children.

Our families are also very involved in every aspect of this festival, from the conception and planning, to the execution, including donating items, creating articles for sale, requesting donations from local businesses, and spreading the word about our festival. We are very grateful for the hard work of all of our members.

Come join us! There will be something fun for everyone! At our Spring Festival you will find music, food, art, games, family fun, a raffle, and a silent auction.

The music will be provided by local bands whose members are moms and dads just like you.

The delicious food will feature the best creations from our local chefs and our children.

Games will be created and hosted by the children and families of the Natural Learning School.

The raffle and silent auction will feature an exquisite assortment of items donated by local businesses, created or donated by our families, and made by our children.

The income generated by this Festival will be used towards our scholarship fund, allowing us to offer our excellent learning environment to children who otherwise wouldn’t be able to join us.

We truly appreciate your support!

Save the date, come play with us, and make some new friends.

If you would like to volunteer, donate an item, have a booth, or sponsor our festival, please contact me at dalila@naturalearningschool.com or at 901-725-9467.

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