Dozens of well-wishers gathered for the dedication of an outdoor preschool classroom facility in honor of Judith Mirel, who recently retired after 35 years as early childhood coordinator for the Bedford public school system. The Oct. 24 ribbon-cutting ceremony took place in a courtyard at Bedford High School, where the Integrated Preschool is housed. Funding for the volunteer-led project came from the school budget, fund-raising efforts, and private donations, bolstered by the assistance of numerous town organizations along the way. The outdoor PlayZone is intended to expand the learning opportunities for preschoolers in the program, which has an equal mix of special-needs and typically developing students.

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