Our children are the sons and daughters of
the farmers, builders, brewers,
small business owners, and firefighters
that work to serve our North Country community.
In 2006, a group of local parents seeking nurturing, nature-based educational experiences for their children pooled their resources and with creativity, love, and a lot of elbow grease, founded Lakeside School. A year later, Lakeside School moved to Black Kettle Farm, where, over the next decade, we expanded to offer year-round daycare, a farm- and forest-based kindergarten, an early elementary program, after-school care, and a summer day camp. We continue to grow and blossom, constantly striving to meet the needs of our students, their families, and our community. This year, we are thrilled to have the largest incoming "Sprouts" class in our history!
Lakeside School is a magnet for young families looking to live and work in Essex County. Among our current school families, 50% said that Lakeside School was a leading factor in their decision to move to the area. Currently, 45 students are enrolled at our school and 36 campers participated in our summer camp program. While many of our families live in the towns surrounding Essex, some travel as far as an hour away.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO BLACK KETTLE FARM
Yankee Farm Credit has appraised the property at $270,000.
The Eddy Foundation accepted our offer of $260,000!
In autumn of 2018, Lakeside School officially purchased the property.
The goal of the capital campaign is to raise $500,000 to ensure a substantial reserve for capital improvements and maintenance.
We've already raised $244,000 in cash from friends, parents, grandparents, and community members. Please join their generosity!