By Janet Franz
Here’s an easy way to help local children and enjoy a delicious meal without cooking or washing dishes: dine out in a Shelburne restaurant on Thursday, May 15. Participating restaurants will donate 10 percent of the day’s proceeds to Shelburne Nursery School (SNS), a nonprofit organization.
“Shelburne Dines Out” is a fundraising event organized by parents of the children who attend the preschool located in Shelburne village. Participating restaurants include Archie’s Grill, Barkeaters, Buono Appetito, Cafe Shelburne, Cucina Antica, and Folino’s. Patrons should contact individual restaurants for hours of operation and menus. Customers should also mention that they are dining out to support the SNS fundraiser.
Money raised will help keep tuition affordable and provide financial assistance to those who need it. “Each year there are always a few children who would not be able to attend our school without scholarships,” said SNS head teacher Joanne Buermann. “Preschool should be available to everyone, regardless of income.”
Restaurant owners appreciate this easy opportunity to help Shelburne’s youngest residents.
“Being a family-oriented restaurant, we serve many families and welcome children to dine with us,” said Cristy Wisell, co-owner of Cucina Antica with her husband, Will. The couple’s daughter, Ryenn, is in the four-year-old class at SNS. “Will and I know how important early education is for children and the community they grow up in. It is a huge stepping stone to prepare children for elementary school, creating a stronger foundation for the future.”
Several restaurant proprietors share that personal history with SNS. John Koerner, owner of Folino’s Pizza, attended the school in 1960. His family lived next door to Barbara Snelling, who served as the school’s first Board president. “Back then, that’s how the town worked. We were all neighbors, and we did things together to support the community,” Koerner said, noting that he’s glad to continue this tradition.
Sevie Cartularo, executive chef of Buono Appetito, attended SNS in 1991-92. His parents remember the school fondly and feel other families should enjoy the same opportunity.
“My wife and I believe that preschool acclimates children to the world and helps them socialize with others,” said Ken Cartularo, Sevie’s father and co-owner of Buono Appetito with his wife, Julie. “The students and their families are our customers, and they support us, so we’re happy to support them. It’s a win-win.”
Nursery school parents agree that everyone benefits from Shelburne Dines Out. “It’s a delicious opportunity to take my family out to enjoy the unique tastes and treats of our local Shelburne restaurants, and in turn share our support with our local nursery school children. This project is a great example of neighbors helping neighbors and truly reflects Shelburne’s sense of community,” said Jessica Hoehl, whose daughter, Sydney, attends the four-year-old class.
For more information about Shelburne Dines Out or Shelburne Nursery School, visit shelburnenurseryschool.org or contact Leslie Young, SNS fundraising chair, at 310-7416 or ShelburneNursery@gmail.com.