Architect Visit

Architect Visit!

Our architect, Ronald Cornell Faniro, of Faniro Architects out of Youngstown, came by with Tom’s dad, Paul, of Crowe’s Cabinets, to measure the space and begin the process of turning this venerable space into the Hilltop Children’s House. Lots of work will need to be done. We’re excited about the prospects and the plans we’re working…

“I like whatever I do.”

Noëlle posted an article on Facebook today and led off her caption with this quote: “We should be encouraging the children in our care to revel in their childhood, not hurry out of it as if children were no more than miniature, imperfect versions of adults.” This article, “The Problem With Hurrying Childhood Learning” looks…

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Interior pics… “Before,” if you will.

A few pictures of the interior.  It’s an interesting space, but we think it will work well for our purposes with just a few minor modifications and upgrades. We’re working on plans and needs with a contractor and an architect, but if you’re inspired to support us fundraising at this date you can give here. We’ve…

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Hilltop Children’s House: The Before Pictures

A few pictures of the interior.  It’s an interesting space, but we think it will work well for our purposes with just a few minor modifications and upgrades. We’re working on plans and needs with a contractor and an architect, but if you’re inspired to support us fundraising at this date you can give here. We’ve…

Ohio Valley Title folder and key

We have a building!

Winter just refuses to let go of us as spring begins, but here’s a reason for happy thoughts about new beginnings: Noëlle and I went downtown today and closed on the building! THANK YOU to all of the incredibly generous people who made this day possible! Next up: work with contractors and architects to come…

Money for the Purchase Secured!

We did it! After just a month of fundraising we have the money to buy the building! Our closing date is set for next Tuesday, March 20, and we cannot wait to move on to the renovation phase. Special thanks to our matching gift donors who helped spur along some of the giving, to those…

Conditional Use Approved!

In order to use the building for the purpose we intend we needed to ask the city Planning and Zoning Commission to grant us a conditional use permit. It’s zoned “R2,” which is residential, with certain non-residential uses allowed including a church or a charitable and social use. We fit into that category. At tonight’s…

To Eliminate the Achievement Gap

“Our care for the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.” —Maria Montessori There is a gap in academic achievement among students according to family income. This income achievement gap has been established…

In the Herald Star

Paul Giannamore of the Herald Star covers the Planning and Zoning Commission meetings. After the meeting on Monday he popped over to ask Noëlle and me a few questions.  With the quibble that what we’re doing isn’t a school, the article is pretty good. A Montessori school for as many as 25 children ages 3-6…