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"KINGSTON - The Kingston Co-op Preschool's main room buzzes with activity Monday afternoon. There are pictures to draw, buttons to be pushed and blocks to be organized. There is also fun to be had. The kids' imaginations run wild and their bodies try and catch up. Joey Kane dons a red plastic fire hat and matching boots. Michael Montgomery's eyes follow a ball down a plastic maze of ramps and curves. And Isabella Finch's two-year-old legs carry her across the room as fast as they will go. She darts from one activity to another as her mother looks on. I like the parent involvement here, said Fabienne Finch. Instead of relying on a teacher's aide, each day three parents volunteer in the classroom. The parents rotate through the duties helping out with art lessons, snacks and taking care of the classroom pet. In return, parents see their children in a different light. It's fun getting to see kids in a school environment, Finch said. Finch's older daughter Tatianna, 4, is a member of the afternoon class. And Finch's oldest daughter is a Kingston Co-op alumnus currently attending Wolfle. Cam Moody has not only seen her daughter in a different environment, she has watched her blossom during her past three years at the school. Socially it's been incredible, Moody said of her four-year-old daughter Makenzie.. She is much more outgoing and makes friends a lot easier, she said. Next year Makenzie will begin school at Gordon Elementary, which Moody said should be a smooth transition, thanks to the confidence the school instilled in her daughter. But in order to help students grow, the community needs to lend support to the school. The Kingston Co-op Preschool is holding its annual silent auction from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Wolfle Elementary School. More than 250 items will be available to bid on including a fishing trip for two to Alaska, Olympic Day Spa and Manor Farm Inn gift certificates and an estate planning package worth about $750. Fresh baked goods and a childrens' play area will be available. About 65 children attend the preschool, which is located in the Kola Kole Building of the park downtown. There are three classes- the Walkabout for toddlers, Beginners I and Beginners II. The playtime at the preschool Monday came to a close as teacher Debbie Manos summoned the children with a song. The afternoon class with about 15 students headed off for a field trip to Albertson's. There they would get a tour of the store. "

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