Primary Project


    We are pleased to introduce you to Primary Project. It is an award winning early intervention program proven to help students feel more comfortable in the school environment. Primary Project has been an important part of our school for 32 years, and has helped many children successfully adjust to school. Each year many of our youngest students participate in Primary Project.

    Classroom teachers  and parents of the students who participate have seen the positive changes that occur as a result of support their child received in Primary Project.

    At LGES we understand that all children grow and develop at their own unique pace and their individual needs are varied. Some young children experience challenges in their school adjustment, and may benefit from additional support to help them move past them and feel comfortable in school. Primary Project offers this support.


    Although all students could benefit from this program, space is limited. The Project team works with classroom teachers and parents to invite students who could most benefit from extra support to cope with school adjustment. Referrals are accepted by teachers and parents of children in grades K – 2.

    Students who are invited and have received parent permission, meet with a trained Child Associate, who works under the supervision of a school mental health professional.

    Ms. Victoria Coddington, LMSW is the supervisor of Primary Project & "Miss Margo" Nelson is the Child Associate of Primary Project.

    Primary project sessions last 30 minutes and happen once in a 6 - day cycle. The playroom is equipped with expressive toys, games and craft materials. The atmosphere is accepting and comfortable. Children can play, create, talk or just sit quietly. The child is free to use this time in the way they choose. The Child Associate follows the lead of the child. Children can learn to clarify and express their feelings, build confidence in social skills, and increase self - esteem.

    Lake George Elementary School is very fortunate to have this valuable and innovative program. For additional information please e-mail or call Ms. Coddington at 668 – 5714.

    We look forward to our partnership with you in supporting your child’s growth as a valuable member of our school community.



      Ms. Victoria Coddington                                                                 Miss Margo Nelson

             Primary Project Supervisor                                                     Primary Project Child Associate

    coddingtonv@lkgeorge.org                                                            nelsonm@lkgeorge.org

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    Lake George Elementary
    Program History Highlight

    A part of Primary Project's rich history are districts and schools that have sustained this valuable program and support to young students for many years. The team pictured here is from Lake George Elementary in Lake George, NY. Primary Project has been a staple in this school for 29 years! Andrea Hayes (pictured on left) has been the child associate at this building for 20 years until she recently retired at the end of the 2016 school year. Ann Moellman (pictured on right), the school social worker, has been the Primary Project supervisor and providing program oversight and leadership for 18 years. We often hear from associates that the hardest part in leaving their positions is the children and making sure that the right person is identified to continue in this role. The match here could not be more perfect! The child associate torch has been passed on to Lynsey Whiting (pictured in center). Lynsey has continued to foster those special relationships with young students at Lake George Elementary and she just so happens to be Andrea's daughter. Finding the right team contributes to program successes!

    Primary Project Celebrates 60 Years!

    Benefits of Play

    • Designated a "Promising Prevention Program" by the U.S. Department of Education’s Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools Expert Panel
    • Recognized as one of five exemplary prevention programs in the nation in 
      Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General (December 1999)
    • National Mental Health Association’s Lela Rowland Award for Outstanding Prevention Programs (1989)
    • Validated through New York State’s Education Department as a successful program

    There is consensus among experts that Primary Project is an exemplary program based on evidence available from decades of evaluation and research on Primary Project. Primary Project is highlighted by the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practice (NREPP), a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The searchable online registry shows mental health and substance abuse interventions that have been reviewed and rated by independent reviewers.