Holiday home tour to raise funds for preschool

Centre Daily Times

There are some unique homes in State College.

And Park Forest Preschool is holding an event to showcase some of them.

The preschool is hosting a Holiday Home Tour, which includes a journey through six homes in the west College Heights neighborhood.

Board President and event chairwoman Gail Addison Guss said it’s an activity that allows people to tour homes — at their own pace and within walking distance of one another — while raising money for the school.

Home tour to feature 6 home in west College Heights neighborhood

“Each home will have members from the school and community volunteers guiding people through the homes,” she said.

The homeowners will also be there.

Park Forest Preschool is a tuition-free school for families who qualify based on income eligibility.

The school serves children ages 2 to 4 for preschool, but also offers education classes, and has an emergency fund to help families with heat, gas and electric, clothing and more.

Located at Park Forest Village United Methodist Church, 1833 Park Forest Ave., the preschool is also soon celebrating its 50th year.

We pride ourselves on the services we provide and being able to do that for all these years.

Gail Addison Guss, board president

“We pride ourselves on the services we provide and being able to do that for all these years,” Addison Guss said.

Much of the funding for the school comes from a grant through the Centre County United Way, but it is also supported by other faith-based communities, individual donations and school-run initiatives.

“So we receive no state or federal money,” Addison Guss said.

A committee has worked since February to organize the home tour, which features homes decorated in a holiday theme.

“It’s hard to say what’s the most unique, but there is one home that will have a German holiday theme to it,” Addison Guss said.

All houses have a holiday theme

Admission into the event includes information about the preschool and a home tour booklet with a map and description of the home. Gifts are also being given away through a raffle, and an interactive scavenger hunt is included with the tour with the chance to win a $250 prize for correctly completing the activity.

The homes are located along Clarence, Hillcrest and Westview avenues, and the school worked with the State College borough to open up the street for free parking.

“We just want it to be a unique, but fun experience,” Addison Guss said.

The event was last held in 2013 in the Highlands neighborhood, and included about 150 participants.

The goal this year is to raise about $10,000.

All funds go back into programming at the preschool.

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo

2016 Holiday Home Tour

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 4

Where: The west College Heights neighborhood in State College

Admission: $10 tickets pre-purchase, $15 the day of the event

Other: Tickets can be purchased at Park Forest Village UMC, or some local businesses including Victory Sports and Fitness, Old Main Frame Shop and Gallery, the Frame Factory and Gallery, Harper’s and Hairworks. The event is open to anyone older than 12

For more info: contact, 231-8492 or visit