It’s been a lifelong dream for Marilyn Duran and the longtime educator made it come true.
After a 30-year career in the West New York School District, Duran wanted to open a quality, state-of-the-art early childhood center.
It was three years in the making and now Sowingseed School serves infants, toddlers and Pre-K at Port Imperial in Weehawken across from the New York Waterway.
On Friday afternoon politicians and dignitaries, including Sen. Robert Menendez, Congressman Albio Sires, Mayor Richard Turner, Mayor Felix Roque, friends and families joined Duran and her husband Alex for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The official grand opening is this Monday, April 3rd.
“Kids have always been my favorite kind of people,” Duran says. “I’m looking forward to seeing them, our families — our Sowingseed children in the classrooms using the materials that we put together.”
According to the mom of three, when it comes to young kids — environment is so important and she took that into account when setting up the school.
“There’s a rhyme and rhythm to everything we did,” she says.
Sowing Seed believes in meeting the needs of the “whole” child — physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
They also feel that a strong home and school connection is critical to the growth and development of children, and will make every effort to provide family resources so together they can sow seeds for success.
“I wanted to come today not only because of my deep affection and respect for what Marilyn has done and Alex working alongside with her, and Marilyn’s long commitment to education — but because this is an example of what we should be doing nationally,” Menendez says.
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100 Avenue at Port Imperial, Weehawken