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In 1954, Agnes Plenk saw the need for a special place for our youngest children to come together, to learn and grow. Her vision was to create a preschool that was developmentally focused. Not just a head-start on academics, but a special place for children to learn so many of the important things in life: How to be a good friend. How to belong in a community of peers. How intentional play is the best way to learn.

In these times, when many schools for even our very youngest children have shifted their focus to checking the boxes of academic skills mastered, it is comforting to know there is still a place where children can be children and be treasured for it. Learning should be a joyful endeavor. At Holladay Preschool, it is.

On March 7, the preschool will reflect and celebrate. Families and staff from the past and present will join in a special evening to reflect on the 60 years we have spent together, and to look toward the next 60.

Michelle Hoyles

Holladay

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