A Kamloops day care and pre-school have set up shop in their new homes at Kamloops Christian School.
Jessica Keith of Happy Honeybees Child Care and Courtney Greenman of Lil Scholars Preschool moved their respective businesses out of the former Happyvale elementary to accommodate a chain reaction of school relocations in the wake of the Parkcrest elementary fire of Sept. 5.
Greenman told KTW the move went “as well as it could have,” noting required renovations and paperwork have been completed.
The business owners were faced with submitting a variety of documents to Interior Health, obtaining new business licences and completing some renovations to their new spaces, in addition to transferring all of their belongings before the school district’s move-out deadline of Oct. 9.
“We rushed it,” Greenman said with a laugh.
Keith said they were faced with completing what is typically a two-month process within two weeks.
“We were able to pull together and get it all done, which is pretty amazing in moving and getting licensed and renos and packing and everything in less than a month,” Keith said.
“I’m pretty proud of what we were able to accomplish with everyone’s help.”
She said the licensing processes were fast-tracked by IH and the city.
The two are thankful to all those who helped them make the moves.
Keith gave a shout out to Thompson Valley Restoration, which removed walls, painted and did electrical work in her new room, free of charge.
“I would not [have] been able to have opened at all, not a chance, without their help,” she said.
Keith said Top 40 Woodworks also donated and installed countertops free of charge, adding she received a good price on new flooring from Bridgeport Flooring. Service Plus installed a new sink in the room for free and donated the services of a cube van to help with the move, which involved help from many family and friends, she said.
Greenman said she also received plenty of help moving into her new space from family members.
The day cares were licensed and operational at their new locations at 750 Cottonwood Ave. in North Kamloops at the beginning of October.
Keith said her kids are settling in nicely, noting there was minimal disruption for Happy Honeybees, as it missed only two days of operation. Greenman’s Lil Scholars missed just one day of operation.
The Big Little Science Centre also moved from the Happyvale site to make room for students of the Twin Rivers Education Centre.
They gave up their space at George Hilliard elementary to make way for Parkcrest students.
At the moment, students from Twin Rivers’ three programs are scattered throughout the city — at NorKam senior secondary, in United Way’s office space on Tranquille Road and at the John Tod Centre, all in North Kamloops, and on Victoria Street, in School District 73’s online middle school location.
About 75 TREC students are attending NorKam, while another 15 are being taught downtown in response to parents’ and students’ concerns over attending classes in the high school.
While the science centre will open in the former Value Village building, downtown at Seymour Street and Fifth Avenue, in November, the former Happyvale elementary isn’t expected to be ready to house TREC students for up to five months, requiring the addition of six portables.