A $2,500 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small and Inspiring grant program was received by Shelburne Nursery School recently. The grant will help support the Shelburne Nursery School-Shelburne Museum Preschool Partnership, a program that inspires object-centered learning and fosters creativity in preschool students through museum visits and curriculum units using the rich resources of Shelburne Nursery School’s neighbor, Shelburne Museum.
Shelburne Museum is one of the finest and most diverse museums of art and Americana in the United States. With its collection of more than 150,000 objects and 38 exhibition buildings set in a beautiful landscape, the museum is an inviting treasure trove for small children—a place that fosters their natural curiosity and provides a rare opportunity for learning. Through the partnership, learning is age-appropriate and inspired by the rich stories objects can tell. It also aims to make the museum a comfortable, engaging place for children ages 3 to 5, helping them take the first steps toward a passion for lifelong learning.
“We are delighted to receive a Small and Inspiring grant from the Vermont Community Foundation for our new partnership with Shelburne Museum. Shelburne Museum is an extraordinary community resource just across the street from our school. Now that the museum is open year-round, we are able to work closely with museum educators to introduce some of our community’s youngest learners to American creativity and culture through art, history, and design,” said Joanne Buermann, Shelburne Nursery School Director and Head Teacher.
Through its Small and Inspiring grants program, the Community Foundation hopes to help foster the spark and hope that keeps Vermonters healthy and happy by finding and supporting projects in every town in Vermont where a small grant can make a big difference.
For more information about the partnership and Shelburne Nursery School call (802) 985-3993 or visit www.shelburnenurseryschool.org.