Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 26, 1974 · Page 59
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 59

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 26, 1974
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Four times a week, Jacque Williamson drives 25 miles in the Birch River, Nicholas County area to pick up three and four year olds and usually one of their mothers or a neighbor for an afternoon of fun and learning at Temple Rock Center. The children hop into the bright orange van and .laugh and sing their way to the metal former one room school house on peaceful Anthony Creek. Jacque has a master's degree in early childhood education and an appealing way with the children. She and her husband Fred, a talented woodcrafts- man, are newcomers to Birch River. The program and philosophy at the center is similar to that of most nursery school programs. Children are taught skills of basic social amenities, how to get along with others, skills in listening, skills in developing large and small muscles, hand and eye coordination, sensory awareness, and the like. A goal with high priority is teaching them to feel good about themselves. The special advantage that Temple Rock Center has over most nursery schools is its beautiful and inviting rural setting. There is a mountainside to scramble up, a dirt road 10 hike, the edge of a creek to explore and trees to climb. Adding to the children's delight is colorful and imaginative playground equipment made from old tires, scrap lumber, locust posts, telephone poles and oil barrels. There is no tuition charge, but parents donate food for snacks, money if possible, and hold fund raising events. Other f i n a n c i a l support comes from interested people and a generous gift from the First Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro, Va. Birch River Pathways, a non-profit organization with a local board of directors, sponsors the center. The center was started in 1970 by Mr. Mrs. Douglas Woodworth -- Doug and Sylvia -- when they were Vista Volunteers. They liked living in Birch River so much that they have made it their permanent home. They maintain an active interest in the center and Birch River Pathways, though Doug is now a teacher and summer Head Start Director in Webster County. Over 100 children from Birch River have attended Temple Rock Center since its start. Many of their younger brothers, sisters, and neighbors are looking forward to the same opportunity to hop on the orange van and head for fun and learning. Temple Rock Center product of considerable ingenuity. Jacque Williamson watches pupil work out problem. Back of refrigerator made fingerpainting tray. State Magazine. Wav26.7971' ' ' Sixteen little toothbrushes--all in a rou.

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