April was a very busy month at ESNG. Let’s start at the top, shall we?

We started off the month by accepting the 2015 Sibley Leadership & Teacher Excellence Award for The Sylvan Hills Parent & Family Engagement Project on April 1. This program provides teachers and administrators with meaningful tools to actively engage students’ family into their learning.

CEO/President Donna Davidson and members of ESNG's Board accepting The Sibley Award on April 1, 2015
CEO/President Donna Davidson and ESNG’s Board members accepting The Sibley Award on April 1, 2015

Our Child Development Centers enjoyed a lovely Spring Break, and then headed right back into the swing of things with the Week of the Young Child on April 13-17. Each center did so many fun things – some highlights are:

  • Field Day at Premier
  • Different Theme Every Day at Sylvan Hills and Guice
  • Family Spring Fling at Mansell
  • Pancakes with Dad at Jackson County
  • Parent Appreciation at Walton County
  • And much, much more…
Our Child Development Center at Guice artwork and dressing up tacky!
Our Child Development Center at Guice artwork and dressing up tacky!

Mansell Collage2

April 13-17 also marked Volunteer Appreciation week. We always value all the work our volunteers do from clerical help, assisting teachers, reading and play with the children in our centers to helping us with our fundraising events. We wanted to spotlight Travelers for their work at our Mansell center. They brought a clown, read to and played with the children.

Speaking of great volunteers at our Mansell center, seven SIG employees volunteered on April 16. Each classroom had an extra helper as the volunteers read, played, colored and sang with our children!

But wait, there’s more…
On April 20, also known as Comcast Cares Day, seven Comcast employees volunteered at our Brookvalley Child Development Center. What a great way to engage employees, give back to the community and share your love of education with children.

Volunteer Spotlight: Travelers!
Volunteer Spotlight: Travelers!

And, we round out the busy month with two great events at our Sylvan Hills center. About 20 AmeriCorps volunteers came on Friday, April 24, as a part of their service project Friday. A group of them decorated the classrooms while the others helped the teachers. After lunch, they assisted with the Fatherhood Extravaganza.

Americorps volunteers at Sylvan Hills
AmeriCorps volunteers at Sylvan Hills

This day was one of my favorite service days since we started in September. I saw pure happiness and pure joy. It’s amazing to see all that around us. – Lorenzo, AmeriCorps Volunteer

One girl wanted to play with me all day. The staff said she is usually very shy and reserved. I felt special that she was opening up to me. I had a smile on my face all day long. I’m really glad we came here. – Nadi, AmeriCorps Volunteer

The Fatherhood Extravaganza was a great way to celebrate our fathers at Sylvan Hills. This was the end of the school year celebration for their fathers group. Fathers meet at the school to discuss family life. They can count on each other for advice, help and wisdom. We know the importance family participation plays in a child’s life.

Celebrating our fathers at Sylvan Hills
Celebrating our fathers at Sylvan Hills

What to look forward to in May:

May looks to be yet another busy month for us. May 22 marks the last day of school for our Head Start and Pre-K students. Also, May is Mental Health Awareness month as well as Women’s Health Month. We want to make sure our moms, grandmothers and aunts are healthy inside and out when we celebrate their awesomeness on Mother’s Day!

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