Pending board approval, applications for the initial lottery will be available starting Wednesday, Feb. 14, via the district's website.
Donations of used items in good condition to help furnish the preschool classrooms are needed. Items sought include wooden toys and puzzles, Lego and Duplos, Magnatiles, costumes, puppets, wooden blocks, doll houses, books for 3- to 5-year-olds, train tables and trains, play kitchens and dishes and "pretend food."
The school would also like to find a real rowboat or kayak to put in its play yard, and love seats or oversized chairs for reading areas.
Funds to help pay for scholarships for low-income children are also accepted.
The Early Learning Center is also part of Kepler's Community Partner Program. Mention the center when making a purchase to have 6 percent of the proceeds donated to the center.
The district's website has information about the new preschool program and how to register. Visit is.gd/mps_elc to learn more or contact Jessica Mihaly, firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Barbara Wood
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