WANT TO GIVE IT A TRY?
We asked Lori to tell us the best way for folks interested in stained glass to connect and she explained that…
“If you are interested in taking a class or just checking out the Stained Glass room, please stop in. (Classroom is located just north of the laundry room.) The classroom hours are posted on our door, on Silveridge Connect and at the Activities Office. We are open 2-3 hours a day, Monday – Friday. If it is busy or closed, please feel free to text Lori @701-337-6042. We post student projects and upcoming class opportunities on Silveridge Connect. It’s interesting how many of the students add their own little stamp of individuality on their project, and are usually ready to start another project, building on what they have learned.”
A BRIEF BIO OF LORI: We always like to learn a bit about the folks we talk with…
Lori Smith grew up in Garrison, North Dakota. We mentioned that she was a teacher for 35 years, and that’s a family tradition – her father was a school superintendent, while her grandmother, sister and several nieces and nephews were/are teachers. Even now, after having retired from her fulltime teaching job, when she’s back in North Dakota she teaches Drivers Ed and even drives a school bus. (“People always ask me. ‘How can you drive with kids?’ And I say, ‘I don’t know. I just love it.’”)
As for her years in the classroom, she ended up teaching as part of Title 1, the national program for remedial reading and math. That meant, as she explained, “I got 4 to 5 kids at a time for half an hour. Everything I did with them I wanted to make fun. We had games and art projects and even cooking.”
Lori loved her career, loved working with kids and had no plans to retire — then Silveridge changed her mind. She told us, “My parents had a place at a nearby park, so I knew the lifestyle. I used to fly down every Christmas and when I had to leave, I’d put my forehead against the glass and say, ‘I’ll be back.’ And one of those times when I was back, I went with siblings to look at nearby parks. We got to Silveridge and I liked the space and it had a small-town atmosphere. I didn’t know I was buying that day. I didn’t know I was retiring that day.” That was six years ago and ever since she divides her year between Silveridge and North Dakota. (Photo: one of Lori’s projects)