Local mom Johanna Plamondon got some bad news lately. Johanna is the mother of five children, aged two to nine, and her family lives in west Ottawa’s Britannia Village, where the two youngest attend St. Martin’s Nursery School. The older three are alumni; they now attend Academie de la Capitale.
The news? “St. Martin’s Nursery School may be closing at the end of December due to low enrollment.
“You probably already know about St. Martin’s,” she suggests. “It is a non-denominational, non-profit nursery school for children aged 2.5 to 5. It is located in the Carlingwood area, at 2120 Prince Charles Drive (the lower level of St. Martin’s Anglican Church). The school has been a well-loved fixture in the neighbourhood for 50 years.”
Area families do not want St. Martin’s days to end. “We parents have grouped together to try to increase awareness of and enrollment in the school, and to raise money to keep the school open. The main thing we want to do is to try and increase enrollment, however, we have also organized some fundraisers.”
To that end, a wine-tasting and silent auction are taking place at the school Friday, November 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. “We are hoping it will be a fun evening for parents and also increase awareness of the school in the neighbourhood.”
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Other fundraising efforts are also underway. “We have also voted on a tuition increase and will be selling coffee through the Beans4Bucks organization to raise funds,” Johanna mentions, adding,
“We are looking to get the word out about the school as much as possible so that we can save it!”