Montpelier, VT - (May 14, 2019) National Life donated a building and two acres surrounding it to Orchard Valley Waldorf School where the Child’s Garden preschool program is housed.
“The entire Orchard Valley community is extremely grateful for this generous donation from National Life,” said Cathie Ely, an Orchard Valley administrator. “This gift ensures that we will continue serving Central Vermont families, providing Waldorf early childhood education as an enriching opportunity for the young children in Montpelier and our surrounding communities.”
Child’s Garden offers two mixed-age early childhood programs, Apple Blossom for ages 2 ½ to 3 ½, and the Sunflower classroom for children 3-6 years. Designed to embrace this special time in a child’s development, classrooms are full of joy, love and wholehearted nurturing.
“Affordable, high-quality child care is vitally important both to our employees and to our neighbors,” said Mehran Assadi, Chairman, CEO and President of National Life. “We are pleased that we are able to help ensure a strong future for the Child’s Garden.”
In addition to a former farmhouse, National Life transferred ownership of a garage, barn and a fenced-in children’s play area and maintained a right-of-way to its solar farm on a hill behind the property. The company also made a financial donation to Orchard Valley.
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Orchard Valley Waldorf School is an independent school with three campuses: pre-K through grade 8 on the Grace Farm campus, pre-K at the Child’s Garden in Montpelier; and care for children 6 weeks through 3 years at our Little Lambs Early Care Center in Montpelier.
Contact: Ross Sneyd, corporate communications, National Life Group, 802.229.3866; Madelief Becherer, board of trustees, or Cathie Ely, Director of Enrollment and Outreach, Orchard Valley Waldorf School, 802.456.7400.
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