Co-operative Playschool to hold online auction

The Weyburn Co-operative Playschool will hold a fundraiser online auction as they try to offset the impact of the economic downturn on their operations.

The online auction will be held from Feb. 10-12, with a number of items donated by Weyburn and area businesses up for bid.

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Donations came from the Weyburn Oilwomen, Watson Distributors and several local businesses, said Jenn Cugnet of the playschool board.

“With the downturn in the oil industry, we’ve felt the impact here so we’re trying to offset that,” she said, noting their enrolment numbers are down a bit.

A new program they are trying is an introduction to playschool for two-year-olds and their parents, so families can see if the playschool program is something that would be good for their children.

“It’s a wonderful way for the community to support education and our playschool, and we look forward to partnering with businesses in the community as well,” said Cugnet.

Interested parents can call the playschool or register on Facebook for their two-year-old to visit, with the sessions held every Friday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

One of the features of the playschool the two-year-olds will get to try is the new Dark Den and coloured-light table, both of which were provided via donations. The Dark Den was bought with a donation by Baker Hughes, and most recently, the new light table was purchased with a donation of $420 by the YF Wives.

The light table uses coloured lights and is placed inside the Dark Den, which provides sensory play for the children at the Playschool.