Soon the girls were riding their scooters and roller skating down the corridor, Ms. Hawkins says. Walls were brightened with fresh white paint and new closets were built in all the rooms.
They bought a showroom kitchen from an ad on Kijiji and turned the former gym into a great room with the added perk of a stage for musical and theatrical performances.
Reya, Wini and Ruby each have a full-sized classroom for a bedroom. The former kindergarteners’ area has been repurposed as a mud room and the staff lounge has been turned into a guest kitchen.
“The community was great – they would send their excess.”
The school’s layout turned out to be ideal. Their B&B, called South in Milford, now has three suites open to guests in the summer months.
Two classrooms each have ensuite bathrooms, kitchenettes, sitting areas and doors to the outside. A massive two-bedroom suite combines the former library and offices.
Many inns in the county won’t accept guests with children or dogs, Ms. Hawkins says, so they accept families with both.
You can also read more about their adventures in their blog, Letters from the Lunchroom. It is a great read.