Essex Lakeside School has been awarded a grant of $2,500 from the Essex Community Fund at the Adirondack Community Trust.
Lakeside School, located at Black Kettle Farm in Essex, has offered early childhood education programs for the past six years. As they begin their seventh school year, they will add first grade to their offerings – with the intention of growing into a primary school up to third grade. The grant from the Essex Community Fund through the Adirondack Community Trust will give the school additional resources to purchase supplies and equipment to prepare for the first grade classroom.
Since 2006, Lakeside has served many young children and their families from all over Essex County and as far reaching as Cumberland Head in Clinton County. The Waldorf curriculum at Lakeside embraces a child’s current developmental stage: in the early grades the curriculum is play-based, and children are encouraged to use their imaginations and take part in the daily tasks of the classroom; in the first grade reading is brought to the children are introduced to the reading and the alphabet in a rich, creative and artistic way. The children at Lakeside take advantage of the diverse outdoor experiences at the farm and spend time playing and working in the outdoors each day - rain, shine or snow.
The Essex Community Fund is a component fund of the Adirondack Community Trust, a community foundation working to build permanent and pass-through funds to help meet current and future charitable needs of the Adirondack region. ACT is structured so that donors can take full advantage of tax benefits either during their lifetime or through their estates. Funds are pooled for investment and grants are made annually according to donors' wishes. ACT currently manages 200 different endowed and pass-through funds with assets of $30 million dollars and has made grants totaling nearly $20 million to benefit the Adirondack region and beyond.
For more information on Lakeside School visit lakesideschoolinessex.org. For more information on the Adirondack Community Trust, visit generousact.org.