CAPC embracing new beginnings

Updated: Aug. 28, 2019 at 2:59 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Shannon Walter is working on a mural.

"I was really inspired by spring and how it's a time of new beginnings and renewal," said Walter.

That's exactly what was happening inside the Community Action Planning Council building Wednesday morning.

The space is in the midst of a face lift. It's already come a long way since CAPC moved in nearly three decades ago.

"It was dilapidated. It hadn't been used in year and it was an old school. And we've taken it and transformed it into life giving," said Claudia Whitmire, CAPC deputy director.

CAPC is home to Head Start. The federally funded preschool is for three and four year olds.

Families enrolling need to meet income, high risk, or special needs requirements.

The council supports other specialized programs aimed at alleviating poverty.

Progress on the mural has come quickly.

"About three weeks. It's about 60 hours so far. We're almost done," said Walter.

And it's not the only new illustration in the building.

The sensory hallway has different activities painted on the floor for kids to do. That way they can get exercise while they develop theiir brains.

"It helps them focus better. It takes their mind off from anything that's troubling them. It also, it can add to the whole class room, in that it's physical activity," said Marie Ambrose, Head Start director.

Whitmire says the sensory hallway helps Head Start students when behavioral issues pop up.

"So, we have some children in our classrooms that are experiencing issues being in a classroom with many children - 16 or 20 children. And so, this gives them an option outside of the classroom to kind of get more grounded," she said.

The mural should be ready by the start of the school year - another new beginning in a building full of them.

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