southwest play school http://kbia.org en Columbia's oldest parent co-op preschool is closing after more than 54 years in business. http://kbia.org/post/columbias-oldest-parent-co-op-preschool-closing-after-more-54-years-business <p>Southwest Play School is the first parent-owned and operated preschool in Columbia and has been educating children for almost 50 years. Sharen Garrett started teaching at Southwest 19 years ago. She’s been teaching her whole life, and now plans to retire. Garrett teaches at the co-op weekdays, while parent-volunteers work alongside the children for a set number of days each semester.</p><p>“The needs for co-ops have changed," Garrett said. "I just love what I do. I love the children, I love their parents. You know it’d be terrible to go to job every day you didn’t love what you did.”</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:53:41 +0000 Joshua Teasley 32833 at http://kbia.org Columbia's oldest parent co-op preschool is closing after more than 54 years in business.