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A Big Day for Little School: Expansion Project Breaks Ground

It’s official! The new Little School expansion has broken ground, kicking off our $5M Building Beginnings campaign, dedicated to learning through discovery and connection through community. 

This all-community event was a joyous celebration of our littlest learners. With students from all divisions, faculty, staff, parents, alumnae, board members, supporters, partners and more coming together on the future site of the Little School expansion, we joined together in a chorus of “We’re All a Family Under One Sky” to welcome a procession of our littlest learners. Mixed in with the rest of the crowd were some unlikely guests—snowmen and snowwomen created by Lower Schoolers during recess! 

With hardhats on and ribbon wands dancing in hand, the crowd heard from Head of School Suzanne Fogarty as she shared a few words. “Little School, for boys and girls ages six weeks through 3 years old, with its Reggio Emilia inspired approach, emphasizes on hands-on exploration, with a focus on language, music, and child-centered learning,” said Suzanne. “Lincoln is a truly special place, which is why it’s no surprise that this best-in-class Little School program, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is in such high demand.”

We were joined by our project partners, Deslandes Construction out of Warwick, RI, and studioMLA Architects out of Brookline, MA. Lincoln leadership included Jane Palestine Jamieson ’71, Chair of the Lincoln School Board of Trustees, Trustee Dave Caldwell, Jr. P’22, ’23, and Kimberly Lough, Lincoln School’s Director of Early Childhood and Little School. 

With cheers from the crowd, shovels were held by toddlers, partners, and leaders, and broke ceremonial ground to kick off this state-of-the-art addition to Lincoln’s historic campus.  The 4,700-square-foot Little School building, slated for completion in July 2020, will add two classrooms, feature a dedicated outdoor playspace, and a Reggio-Emilia inspired Studio with an emphasis on hands-on learning and discovery through play. The project is being built in a very environmentally conscious way, and is planned as both LEED Certified and net-zero, will have no gas or oil, which means it will produce no onsite combustion and no carbon emissions. 

The community gathered after the ceremony for celebratory cookies and hot chocolate, and a great time was had by all! 

“Many Middle and Upper Schoolers began in our Little School, early childhood program, and Lower School. They are proof that a solid foundation sets our youngest students up for a lifetime of curiosity and love of learning,” shared Suzanne. “By expanding our Little School and welcoming new families to Lincoln’s campus, it will make all of Lincoln even stronger, not just in the short term, but for years to come.”