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Open Arms preschool to open soon

August 24, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN -- Some time ago, Carol Rosicky was asked to serve on a task force that would look at how her congregation at Concordia Lutheran Church could best use a building addition that was completed in 2006.

"We brainstormed about after-school use, a preschool, senior services and aid to home-schooling parents," Rosicky said.

At that time, Rosicky had no clue she would end up as the director and teacher at a preschool set to open Sept. 1 at the church.

Rosicky holds a master's degree in early childhood education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., "so I decided to take the plunge," she said.

Since the building addition was new, few modifications were needed to meet the standards needed for a preschool. Only a food preparation sink had to be added.

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"With a lot of foresight, the church had already put in enough phone lines, proper exits, sprinklers and fire doors," Rosicky said. "It has been very easy to slip this in."

Open Arms Christian Child Development Center will have classes for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. No afternoon sessions are available.

The monthly tuition for a three-day student is $165; the cost for a two-day student is $130. There is a $35 registration fee and a monthly snack fee.

A meet-and-greet for parents and children will be Aug. 31 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church at 17906 Garden Lane near Oak Ridge Apartments.

Rosicky, a Nebraska native who has taught in Missouri and Virginia, moved to this area with her husband to be closer to their grandchildren.

The congregation of Concordia has been supportive of the new preschool, Rosicky said. She is the only staff member now, but several volunteers will assist her when children are in the building.

Church members have donated toys and games. A fenced area has been prepared and playground equipment is ready to be installed.

Open Arms is a member of the national Open Arms Institute in Loveland, Colo., and is affiliated with the Missouri Lutheran Synod, Rosicky said.

For more information, call 301-797-5955.

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