Seely Lake Preschool Named After Liz Claiborne

Today’s  post is another bit of celebrity trivia about Montana. It happens to have a New Orleans connection, so that makes it all the better considering my link to the Crescent City.

We’ve all heard of Liz Claiborne, the founder of one of the world’s most famous fashion design companies.  She was born in Brussels, Belgium, raised in New Orleans, and had a home in the area of Seely Lake, Montana.

Now, two years after her death in 2007 at age 78, a preschool in the town of Seely Lake has been renamed the Liz Claiborne Preschool.  Through their foundation, she and her husband Art Ortenberry have supported the school since 1996.  The Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberry Foundation also has provided money for other programs at Seely Lake Elementary which enrolls 213 students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

With so much of Montana being rural, there are lots of small schools and even one room schoolhouses. I like that!

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