During the late 50s and early 60s, Lenette became a researcher and designer of preschools in addition to making Camp Shasta the wonderful experience it came to be.
What she did was always behind the scenes, but her touch was evident in many things, including staff training and the overall look of Camp Shasta and group makeup.
Her work, beginning in 1959, led her to design the magnificent Youth Hotel. During this period, she had Shasta, The Children’s Campus in Las Vegas, and Children Village, the preschool programs located within large apartment complexes.
She designed two preschools for Levitt Housing, one in Las Vegas and the other in Denver. Levitt also sent us to research locations in Kentucky and Illinois where apartments were being planned.
Had interest rates remained low, Levitt planned to construct significant apartment developments throughout the United States. Lenette would design the preschools, and our organization would be the operators.
Our experimental program in Las Vegas proved to be a huge success, and Levitt’s apartments were quickly rented by families that filled our preschool within the complex. With Bev Fenneman as the administrator in Colorado, the preschool there was also successful.
Lenette’s designs were remarkable in every way, reflecting her degrees in health and education and her experience and background as an educator.