A small ceremony was held today in recognition of Brian O’Brien’s generous donation to the Early Childhood Center. It was made in memory of his wife, Kathryn “Towie” O’Brien. Towie was one of the founding Kindergarten teachers in Thompson and maintained her status as an early childhood teacher for decades. A strong proponent of play in early childhood programs, Towie believed that the youngest of our children learn through their play. Thus it seemed fitting that the early childhood staff, along with Ms.Beltram and Kerstin Forrester, Executrix of the estate, decided that the gift be used for renovations to the early childhood playground. In attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony were several guests who were an integral part of the school community when Towie was on staff. Bernadette Quercia and Elizabeth Thompson, who taught with Towie, as well as Ms Forrester, a personal friend, noted that Towie was a true champion of the young child. Her husband, “Butch,” understood and appreciated her genuine dedication to her four and five year olds and requested that donations made in his memory be made to the Towie O’Brien Fund at the Mary R. Fisher Elementary School. We are grateful to all who donated to this fund as well as to the staff who took on this renovation project, namely the preschool and kindergarten staff and Mrs. Connolly, the Art teacher. We are especially grateful for Mrs. Drobiak’s role in the project as she worked closely with Ms. Beltram in the planning and execution of the project over a year ago. Renovations included the addition of several new pieces of equipment as well as making some of the existing equipment more easily accessible for the youngest children. A second phase of the project will equip the Gross Motor Room with apparatus developmentally appropriate, and as is with the outdoor playground, meeting the high standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.