Ms. Stacks presents dollhouse to Chase Collegiate School Pre-Kindergarten students.

Mrs. Barbara Cummings Stacks ’63 and her husband, Myron, recently visited Chase Collegiate School to donate a new, custom dollhouse to the Pre-Kindergarten program. The dollhouse’s hand painted roof beckons “Come with me. Play with me.” on one side, and “Open the door. Play some more” on the other.  This invitation to play, combined with the School’s crest emblazoned on the front gable and “Chase Collegiate School” spanning the front fascia board, lead children to immediately claim the house as their own.

After presenting the dollhouse and reading a story to the children, Barbara watched them play and visited with Pre-Kindergarten Director, Dierdre McGuire and Head of Lower School, Belle Calcagni.  Barbara and Myron then joined Kindergarten teacher, Ginger Clark, and her table of Lower School students for lunch in Garthwait Dining Room.

Barbara also donated a copy of her new book, Childhood Roots: Trail Markers for Raising Children from Birth to Eight,” which included the inscription “For Chase Collegiate: Roots that have nurtured me,” signed Barbara Cummings Stacks, Saint Margaret’s Class of 1963. A booklet about the house accompanied the donation and included a page dedicated to Chase’s Lower School, Camp Hall, and to Belle Calcagni.  Ms. Stacks is an Educational Psychologist – Consultant, who resides in Old Saybrook, CT.

About Chase Collegiate School

Chase Collegiate School is a co-educational, independent day school that educates children from Prekindergarten through grade 12. Our Pre-Kindergarten program fosters intellectual curiosity and a love of learning. With an average tenure of 13 years teaching PreK at Chase, our teachers inspire students to investigate and discover the world around them. Our program offers flexibility to support the interests of each child as they establish a foundation for lifelong learning within theme-based, directed lessons and self-initiated activities.

Chase is known for its caring and committed community of teachers whose deep involvement instills courage, confidence and compassion in every student. Throughout all grade levels, the school emphasizes superior reading, writing and speaking skills as well as analytical thinking. Located on a 47 acre campus in Waterbury, Connecticut, Chase draws 402 students from 46 Connecticut towns. For more information, call 203-236-9500 or visit our website at