On Friday, August 5, 2016, The Crossnore School held its dedication of the Young Children’s Village. Excitement filled the air as donors, volunteers, and staff came together to celebrate the long road of building three new cottages. The rain held off long enough for Brett A. Loftis, CEO, to make some remarks, and for our guests to have a tour of Yandle Cottage and the Adventure Playground.
Yandle Cottage is the first of the three cottages completed and is expected to have its first residents within the next few weeks. Florence’s Cottage and Lewis Cottage will follow quickly. These three cottages will become home to 27 more children, who will also enjoy playing on the Adventure Playground centrally located in the heart of the Young Children’s Village. Since the playground is closed to cars, the children have a safe place to play. It is also visible from the porches of all three cottages providing excellent supervision.
The three cottages each hold up to nine children. There is a large living/dining/kitchen great room for the cottage family to gather. Each child has their own bedroom. There are lovely bedrooms for the staff, as well as a large cottage office. Additionally, an office suite in each cottage will house a case manager, therapist, and a visitation room.
For indoor activities, each cottage basement is a large and open “rec room.” The children play here when the weather is bad. And it is a great place for large group activities such as birthday parties.
Donations for The Young Children’s Village were part of Crossnore’s Second Century Campaign. It was built as a result of the strategic planning process to maximize campus space to serve more children. This strategic plan also resulted in our partnership with The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem, NC. Currently, an additional 25 children are being served on campus there. There are plans to increase that number to 100 during the next year.
A campus like this is the only way sibling groups can stay together. Here we see these kids go from merely surviving to actually thriving. – Brett Loftis, CEO
For more information about volunteering at The Crossnore School or to schedule a campus tour, contact:
Courtney Lane, Annual Giving and Outreach Coordinator