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Roots School Director Angela Bansen (left) and Assistant Director Angela Hunter stand outside of the school. For information about evening classes and parties, contact Roots at 541-308-0933,, or visit

HOOD RIVER — Hood River’s Roots School and Makery is officially kicking the “makery” part into gear. Starting this summer, the preschool and childcare center has been hosting classes that teach school age children skills like pickling, sewing and weaving.

According to Roots Director Angela Bansen, the idea behind the makery is helping teach children skills that have become somewhat lost due to the conveniences of technology.

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The makery is "sort of like a home-ec class with a little bit of a modern twist,” Roots Director Angela Bansen said.

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Roots School and Makery is located at 800 Country Club Road in Hood River. The preschool and childcare are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with makery classes from 2:45-5 p.m. 

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One thing that makes both the childcare and makery sections of Roots special is the large garden out back. When children have done flower arranging at the makery, they’ve used flowers from the garden. The pumpkin desserts will also be made with pumpkins from the garden.

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Behind Roots School is a large garden full of different produce and flowers. Currently, their pumpkins are waiting to be picked.