This fall, St. Paul’s is constructing a new upper playground designed for young children. This will replace the existing equipment that has faithfully served our church and community for close to two decades.
The new space will be called Page’s Playground in honor of Page Daniel Hill, who served as Preschool Director and teacher at St. Paul’s for 15 years.
“Momma loved little ones,” said Sally Hill Shore, Page’s daughter and St. Paul’s parishioner. “And, perhaps more than anything else, she loved sharing music and singing with the children of St. Paul’s Preschool.”
Sally and Rosalie Hill Bland, also a St. Paul’s parishioner, recall their mother leading the children in song accompanied by her favorite ukulele. Inside her ukulele case, she would carry three clay mice to serve as a special audience. Those mice – Alexander, Beverly and baby Stephanie – are special keepsakes for the two sisters.
In addition to singing and playing her instruments, Page enjoyed creating unique programs for the children. Her love of the classroom evolved into the writing of two activity books, “Thanksgiving for the Very Young” and “Valentine Fun for the Very Young.”
Music continues to be a touch-point with Page. Sally and Rosalie enjoy hearing her sing a familiar tune that she coined, “Every day at St. Paul’s is better than the day before” - a sentiment as true during Page’s years at St. Paul’s as it is today.
The Preschool Committee has set a fundraising goal for Page’s Playground of $60,000 by October 31, 2016. If you are interested in making a gift, to Page’s Playground, you can donate online using your credit card.
You may also donate by writing a check to St. Paul’s with “Preschool” in the memo line or making a gift through the Winston-Salem Foundation
Contact Tom McDowell, Parish Administrator, at (336) 723-4391 ext. 1215 for more information about the playground.
Donors will be invited to a special celebration later this year.