A Redding preschool with a long history of helping to educate children now needs some help of its own.
Redding Cooperative Preschool sits down the hill from Shasta High School.
The school has been there for almost 60 years, and it’s starting to show.
The building was originally two homes built around 1940 for Shasta Dam workers but was remodeled and moved to downtown Redding.
Now, more than a thousand children have started to learn their ABC’s and 1, 2, 3’s with the cooperation of their parents.
It was one such parent volunteer who pointed out the exterior’s severe deterioration to teacher and director Jula Herzog.
Herzog said "We were standing here with another parent, and he looked up and said, 'Hey teacher Jula, have you noticed the roofing up there' and he pointed to the siding, where the two buildings connect by the middle room, and then we noticed that the sidings were rotting."
The interior of the building is fine; the exterior will cost more than $60,000 to repair.
Only about $20,000 is in the school’s emergency fund, so parents are pitching in to raise the rest.
“It’s a historic building, it’s been here for about 60 years," said volunteer parent Kate Gray Tioran. “This is a volunteer-based school, and so we do what we can to preserve it.”
There are ways to help.
The 39th Annual Children’s Concert will hold a benefit performance on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1:00 p.m. in the David Marr Auditorium at the U-Prep building on Eureka Way in Redding.
The Shasta High Band will play, and the children will sing three songs.
Tickets are $3; there will also be raffles.