A school-wide Teddy Bear Picnic helped wrap up the last week of Children’s School as Chautauqua’s season comes to a quiet close. Although the morning rain and overcast skies made for the first indoor “campfire” in years, the kids still celebrated with as much sunny enthusiasm.
“Every Child is an Artist.”
If children needed any additional instruction on the subject of happiness, this week’s theme certainly provided it for them. Throughout the week, the students at the Children’s School were asked to “fill in the blank” for Week Five: “Happiness is…”
Between Joann Borg and Kathie Szabo, Chautauqua Children’s School head teachers for 3-year-olds, rests experience equal to 11 times the lifespan of their students. Borg has taught the 3-year-olds for 15 years, Szabo for 18.
Borg, a fourth-generation Chautauquan, began working at Children’s School as a college intern in the 1970s, moving to Newport Beach after college to teach first grade. But living on the West Coast has not prevented her from returning each summer. Borg teaches in California until the Friday before the season begins, boards an eastbound red-eye flight and is in Chautauqua to welcome the 3-year-olds Monday morning.