Weyburn's Linda Klassen and Holly Adamache started Smart Start Pre-school in 1996.

"I was basically new to Weyburn, Linda had been here for a little bit and two people knew we wanted to do it and thought "why don't you two, start this business together?" We didn't know each other, we thought "sure, let's give it a whirl" and 21 years we're still here," said Adamache.

The partners have worked with a lot of children over the past two decades.

"Most years, we had 72 kids every year. so that is over 21 years, that's a lot of kids and a lot of families. We have gotten to know moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins, like, it's amazing when you really think about it," added Adamache.

With that many children and years of working with children, Adamache and Klassen have many stories of things that have happened over the years but head lice infestations is not one of them

"We never had head lice at school, it went through families but it never actually came to school."

"I still run into people downtown that I had even twenty years ago, who says, "Hey miss holly how are you doing?"

Kids tell the absolute best stories so we have heard many, many, many, many stories over the years, that I'm sure that parents would be shocked to know that we knew but we know," laughed Adamache.

"People said we should have been writing a book along the way of things kids said but you don't think about that till after."

When asked about the highlights and favourite memories, Adamache explained how kids are her favorite memories.

The hardest times have been around the beginning of the school year in September as routines have yet to be established.

"It's exciting to start a new year but it's hard. It's hard to get everyone into a routine, but I mean its also exciting because you can turn to October and November and say "oh my goodness, look how far we have come already."

"And then to run into kids years later that have graduated from high school or who are done University now and it's amazing to hear where they are and what they did and we always feel like we kind of had a little part of that. Preschool is just the beginning but it's their first introduction to school, so we always felt fortunate to do the job we've had."

After twenty-one years of owning and running the Smart Start Pre-School, Klassen and Adamache are selling the business to Natalie Gray and Kenda Kittelson.

"We always said, when the time came for us to be done, it would work out the way it was supposed to work out and Kenda and Natalie approached us and thought this was the time, two younger people to take over for us, which was great, and just decided lets just hand it over and let them take over."

The pre-school has been running at Silver Heights Bible Church but will be moving to a new location, keeping the same name.

Adamache said that Gray and Kittelson looked at a number of possible locations for the pre-school and decided on Weyburn Free Methodist Church.

"Recently the Free Methodist church has done a lot of renovating to our building, and one of the reasons that we did that was to serve our community, and smart start pre-school is giving us one of our first opportunities to do just that, so we're really looking forward to it," said Pastor Jody, Associate Pastor of Family Life, Weyburn Free Methodist Church.

Klassen and Adamache still have this final year to run Smart Start Pre-school in the same Silver Heights Church location.

"I am excited about the new chapter, I'm super sad because it's been a big part of my life for the 21 years but it will be a super exciting year. We have lots of parents that we've never had. Sad to know we only have them for this year."

"It'll be a great year but I'm not going to lie, it will be a sad year," admitted Adamache.

The new ownership starts September 2018.

Kittelson and Gray have the support of the current owners.

"We just wish them all the luck for sure, and we're only ever a phone call away," said Adamache.

 

 

 

 

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