SoHum, Beginnings Needs Your Help
I moved to Southern Humboldt 37 years ago in the summer of 1980 for the career opportunity of a lifetime; to teach at Skyfish School at Beginnings. My parents and even some of my graduate school teachers thought I was crazy to be so excited about moving to a back woods tiny community for a relatively low paying job with no real benefits (at least from their point of view.)
What they didn’t understand was that I was smitten! It was love at first sight….and I’m not talking about with Jan Iris, although that certainly happened as well, once I was here! My first love affair however, was with Beginnings itself. Could I really join forces with the group of visionary people who had created this amazing space for their community and their precious children? Wow! I would have paid them for the opportunity!
I was hired to be a constant; a credentialed teacher who would show up every school day with a smile on my face, love in my heart, and innovative, creative teaching ideas which honored each individual child with curriculum that started at the interface of their lives with the outside world. It was my honor to teach those wonderful kids at Skyfish, many of whom are now grown adults whose CHILDREN now attend our programs!
Our Montessori inspired preschool; Children’s House and Skyfish School have continued to thrive and grown. The Beginnings Campus has undergone various additions, changes and adaptations to accommodate the needs of students and faculty through the years, which brings us to this current project.
We are excited to be adding an actual kindergarten program to Skyfish, which will be in session this fall for the 2017-18 school year. We are in the process of turning the rarely used dojo pavilion into a self-contained classroom which will house the 5th-6th grade program, allowing for the kindergarten to move into their old classroom which is part of the Skyfish building. This is a pretty big building project which has entailed installing a new roof, insulating the walls, new electricity and plumbing, sheet rocked walls, etc…
The current fundraising campaign is looking for donations from alumni and community members who have benefited from and want to support Beginnings and Skyfish School. To me, Beginnings continues to be a beacon and a model, teaching love and respect to our children.
Won’t you help us manifest this current transformation to our campus for the wonderful kids who are in attendance these days and future Skyfish students as well?
You can make donations directly to Beginnings by stopping by the office, slug mailing to: P.O. Box 1090 Redway, Ca. 95560, or on the web at https://www.gofundme.com/class-up-the-dojo.
Thanks so much!
With much love,
Ganasini for the Beginnings Board of Directors