2009-10-18 / Front Page

$5,000 donation puts young children in chairs that fit just right

By Jeanne Marcello Staff Reporter

MONTROSE – Carter Elementary Principal Pete Carey received a surprise visit from Montrose businessman Pat Thorsby recently.

“He just walked in out of the blue and gave us $5,000!” Carey said.

Pat and his wife, Sue, had donated $5,000 to be used for the school’s Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) and kindergarten.

During the Oct. 13 meeting of the Montrose Community Schools Board of Education Thorsby addressed the board saying, “There’s so much need in the school system with kindergarten going to full-day. I think they need that pre-school. I’m glad we can do this for the school.”

School Board Treasurer Julie Root responded saying, “Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts.”

During public com- ments, Carter Elementary School GSRP Teacher Karla Keith said, “We purchased age-appropriate furniture for the preschoolers. I can’t tell you how much of a difference this makes.” She explained that some of the preschool children would lie on the chairs rather than sit on them, because the chairs were too big for them. You can imagine the challenge of teaching students who are lying on their chairs.

After the meeting, Carey explained that by changing from half-day kindergarten to full-day kindergarten, the school had to switch from having two kindergarten classrooms to four kindergarten classrooms.

According to Carey, Thorsby’s donation was unsolicited. But it was truly needed. Before Thorsby walked into the school with the donation, Carey wasn’t sure how he was going to get everything needed to provide for the additional classrooms.

Meanwhile, the furniture that had been used in the pre-school no longer met the state height requirements for the pre-k students. The furniture in the preschool, however, did meet the height requirements for kindergarten. So the furniture in the preschool was moved over to the kindergarten and Thorsby’s donation was used to purchase new ageappropriate furniture for the preschoolers in the GSRP. Mission accomplished.

“This is too good to be true!” Carey concluded.

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