The Neighbor to Neighbor program hasn’t moved to its still-being-renovated building in downtown Concordia yet — and that may have been a good thing Wednesday.
The nine toddlers and pre-schoolers — along with four moms and a grandmom — needed the space of the Motherhouse Auditorium this morning to celebrate an early Valentine’s Day with music, dance, impromptu soccer instruction and a party with gifts for everyone.
Sisters Ramona Medina, Jean Befort and Pat McLennon — the three sisters who are the force behind Neighbor to Neighbor — supervised and took part in all the activities with the children, while the moms had a chance to get to know each other and chat. Sister Lucy Schneider came to provide music on the piano, and was accompanied by the children marching and playing everything from bells to tambourines. And Sister Agnes Bernita Green arrived to lend her 54 years experience as a teacher and school-party participant.
The interim Neighbor to Neighbor program is held Monday and Wednesday mornings at the Motherhouse, and is expected to continue until mid-March. By then, renovation on the two-story building at 103 E. Sixth St. should be complete, and the center will open with daily programs for women and women with young children.