“What’s the fun of an outdoor stroll...” Bumble Bee students at Harkness House for Children recently asked their teachers, “...when we can’t all go together as a class?”
Despite their relatively young ages--16 months to age two--the toddlers at this premier, early childhood center, actually made a convincing argument. With 10 students in their Bumble Bee class, the school’s only source of transportation--a four-seat stroller--meant that the class would need to be separated when venturing out from its home at the Winnetka Community House.
And that idea didn’t make for, well, happy campers.
Taking a page from schoolmasters of days past, Harkness House teachers offered a timeless, school tradition: a bake sale. Gathering baking ingredients from its grocery partner, The Grand Food Center, Harkness teachers will present a Summer Bake Sale from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, at the Winnetka Community House, 630 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka. The proceeds will go directly to the purchase of a new, six-seat stroller.
"We invite the entire Winnetka community to sample our tasty, summer time treats," says Harkness fundraising chairperson Jaimie Walnes. "we'll have homemade cupcakes, brownies, pies, whole cakes and cookies for sale."
To sweeten the event even more, The Grand Food Center will also provide the Grand Prize: a drawing for a $100 Gift Card.
“We’re incredibly pleased that The Grand has agreed to help us again in our fundraising efforts,” says Kristi Pettice, Harkness House Assistant Director (and Bumble Bee teacher) who spearheaded the bake sale idea.
According to Pettice, the early childhood center’s not-for-profit status means that it must raise funds on its own for equipment. The school recently purchased a new computer and carpeting with proceeds from a Grand Food Center-sponsored fundraiser earlier this spring and an alumni donation.
“While The Grand has the best bakery in town, we’re just glad that they’re allowing us a chance to showcase our own baking skills,” Pettice adds.
Harkness House for Children provides early childhood learning for children from six weeks to kindergarten. The school specializes in infant and early childhood development, and maintains low teacher-to-student ratios.
For more information, call 847-501-2549, or visit www.harknesshouse.org.