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|From: HeidiNYS (HeidiNYSaol.com)|
|Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2004 12:18:13 -0800 (PST)|
> Dear Susanna, > > You've received wonderful rewsponses to your query, and I have only one thing to add: you may want to market specifically to places where there are kids. We had a slide show, and that was trucked around and shown at a school, or several schools [we moved in seven + years ago.] If you can be in conjunction with an established gathering/meeting you may be even better off. People, especially parents, are incredibly busy. While we were lucky and got parents from a school slide show/info meeting, you may want to see if you can do your info meeting when a group of parents already gather. And of course, food is always a good idea, whether a potluck a pizza party..... or or or... With Best Wishes, Ruth Samuels Hirsch, Cantines Island CoHo, Saugerties,Ny. [where're you located?] > I have never posted on this list before, but I am no stranger to > cohousing. I am an original member of Southside Park Cohousing. We aren't > in a particularly safe neighborhood, lousy schools nearby, no grocery store > or drug store close until recently. However, we seemed to always have a > lot of children who live here and it is a very kid friendly place. A lot > of us send our children to catholic schools or other private schools, some > send them to magnet schools. I can say without doubt that living in > cohousing was one of the most important influences in my children's > lives. We moved in when they were six and ten and I can say that even > though cohousing offered a play structure and a kids room and plenty of > friends to play with (at one point all of the little girls, including mine, > seemed like a swarm of locusts on the site) the most important thing it > offered was a myriad of adults to care about my children and watch over > them. I am a single mother and it was enormously important for them to > have all of these other people, especially Billy Trainor. His daughter was > the same age as mine and he took care of both of them every summer. > > I think that what attracted me to the group was that when I went to the > first introductory meeting at the natural foods coop it was obvious that > the group treasured children and that they were an integral part of the > community. I think that aura of kidfriendliness was the best marketing > tool they could have had. Good luck with your community and with getting > kids. It wouldn't be much fun without them. Maryann > >
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