Old Redmond Schoolhouse is a school once again
Staff cheered on September 14 as the first preschool student walked confidently into the Early Learning Center at Old Redmond Schoolhouse. It is the first time in more than 20 years that Lake Washington School District has held classes in the building.
After a remodel, approved by voters in 2016, the 98-year-old historic building now has 10 preschool classrooms. Most special needs preschool students are attending class in-person, though some are starting the year remotely.
Even children who were, at first, hesitant to leave their parents behind were soon playing happily with new blocks, toy cars, pretend kitchens and puzzles. Teachers prepared visual schedules and illustrations to help students anticipate the next activity.
“A sincere thank you to the Lake Washington School District community for supporting this vision,” said Director of Early Learning Kim Brenner. “Having a dedicated space designed with early learning in mind ensures that our youngest, and often most vulnerable students, have access to the space, materials and equipment they need during their most formative years.”
The district is partnering with the City of Redmond to lease part of the building that isn’t being used for the preschool program for community recreation programming. These spaces include the gymnasium, clay studio and two flexible spaces.