Hobby Hill Preschool marks 40 years

Hobby Hill Preschool celebrates 40 years with a silent auction and dinner fundraiser on Nov. 28 at Ryder Lake Hall.

Hobby Hill Preschool celebrates 40 years with a silent auction and dinner fundraiser on Nov. 28 at Ryder Lake Hall. Proceeds support the programs at the non-profit school for three and four year olds.

Hobby Hill Preschool celebrates 40 years with a silent auction and dinner fundraiser on Nov. 28 at Ryder Lake Hall. Proceeds support the programs at the non-profit school for three and four year olds.

To mark 40 years of teaching local tots, Hobby Hill Preschool is upholding a classic event tradition.

The silent auction fundraiser on Nov. 28 mirrors the rummage sales and auctions that have funded upgrades and renovations to the little schoolhouse on what is now Teskey Way since it was built in 1910.

It was a one-room schoolhouse for many years, then a Women’s Institute Community Hall. But since the early 70s, it’s been Hobby Hill.

Today, the “parent participation preschool” provides a fun variety of play materials and experiential learning opportunities for three and four year olds.

The philosophy of the Council of Parent Participation Preschools in B.C. has always been to actively involve parents in the first stages of their child’s education, which fosters later success in elementary school.

Hobby Hill parent and event organizer Shannon Jones has enrolled three of her children in the preschool over the years.

Jones and fellow parents have scheduled “duty days” once or twice per month. They will lend a hand in the daily operation of the preschool as a teachers aide or with various administrative or maintenance tasks.

In conjunction with moderate enrolment fees, Hobby Hill’s annual fundraisers “cover the majority of the costs to keep the preschool going,” said Jones. Generous donations from the community fund everything from classroom supplies, to building upkeep, and even the teacher’s salaries.

For the special occasion, the fundraiser committee has gone with a classic black and white theme to highlight the rich history of the schoolhouse.

The venue will be decked out with framed Progress articles highlighting the milestones and functions that have funded the school over the years. Vintage signage and original windows will decorate the room.

“We want to make sure that everyone understands how important the ongoing investment in the building is to the school staying open,” Jones  explained.

Local musicians will perform classics from Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra and old movies will play over the projector. Organizers have also collected an exciting array of donated items from local businesses to offer in the silent auction.

To top it off, there will be an “amazing christmas dinner” on the menu, complete with an assortment of delectable desserts, Jones revealed.

The fundraiser takes place Nov. 28 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Ryder Lake Hall (49265 Elk View Rd). Tickets are $25 and provide you with dinner, a drink, and the opportunity to bid in the auction.

Contact Hobby Hill Preschool on Facebook or at 604-858-5579 for tickets and more information.