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Reason #2: Preserving a meaningful historic space

*cino needs YOU to vote each day in December to help us win a $50,000 grant to renovate the old kindergarten room at Huss School! Why vote? Read on…
Reason #2: Huss School is a meaningful, historic space for Three Rivers; renovating the space and bringing it back to life is important to the community.
On the same day we made our offer on the school, the local paper announced that the city had plans to tear the 90-year-old building down. Since *cino purchased the school, many local citizens have expressed how disheartened they were to hear of the demolition plans and how glad they are that we’re preserving the building. We’ve had dozens of visitors walk through the building with us, sharing memories of their time as students, teachers and administrators. When we removed the carpeting from the kindergarten room, an elderly mother and her daughter stood by with tears in their eyes to see if the circle was still painted on the wood floor. There are many deep, meaningful memories connected to the building–some good, some awful and many mixed. The school is an important artifact and we hope to take good care of it, continuing its legacy as a place of learning and love.

Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma

Kirstin is a member of the *culture is not optional core community and is the Head Caretaker at GilChrist Retreat Center.