The Archuleta Children’s Team (ACT) Council would like to thank everyone who made the Week of the Young Child so successful this year. The ACT Council, a coalition of licensed early care and education providers and support groups, is dedicated to improving and continuing high quality early care and education for children and their families in Archuleta County.
A big thank you goes to Our Savior Lutheran Preschool for hosting another wonderful kid’s fair and hosting the Thank you/Appreciation night. Kiwanis grilled and served hot dogs donated by Bryce from Sysco and Sean from Sara Lee. Head Start did a wonderful job making sure everyone had dolls to decorate, and the completed dolls were placed in prominent places throughout the community. The intent is to influence community and business leaders, politicians and the public at large to invest in our children in the form of community-based, long-term prevention strategies and programs for children and their families. Thanks to Tim and Laura Moore at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, Night of the Young Child was another hit! Over 94 children were able to perform and strut their stuff! Thanks to BaiLee Gallegos, Madi Lewis and Morgan Lewis as emcees; everyone had a jokingly good time. Thanks to a grant received from LPEA Round-Up Foundation, a free immunization clinic was held at San Juan Basin Health. Don’t forget to “round-up” on your electric bill; your money goes to a good cause. And, last but not least, a big thank you to the Ruby Sisson Library for hosting an Early Literacy Open House, as well as providing a book for every 4-year-old.
The stage is quiet again. Really quiet, as the sounds and songs from the cast and crew of PSHS “Grease” close the pages on another sensational show. What is left is still on stage, the set painting on the floor, and the laughter, tears, hugs, footprints and pride that remain behind. Dan and Venita, Sally and Darcy — your talent abounds, but would be nothing without the love you have for our young performers. Wendy, Donna, Kurt, Susie, Jessica, huge thanks for handling it all! Bill and Jeff, your mentoring will long be remembered. Charisse, my right arm, and my left arm — your work and contributions are beyond the best. And our cast and crew, you created a “Grease” like no other — and in so doing, gave great joy to our audiences. And to me.
This past Saturday, Cinco de Mayo, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado had its first hot air balloon tethered ride that was donated by Mike Marchand and John Hughes from Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures. John was our amazingly calm pilot that allowed 20 children, parents and bigs to float above the ground in his colorful balloon.
Mike Marchand provided the fuel to make this possible. The balloon crew consisted of Ben and John Franklin, Josh Hughes, Bill Butler and Scott Slind. Griselda was there to take beautiful photos of the event for the children that were there.
Pagosa Springs Medical Center donated an air-pot for hot water so we had hot chocolate in the early morning hours.
Thank you to every one of you who made this outing a possibility for the boys and girls that participate in BBBS. They do not have the opportunity to enjoy activities like this on their own and I am grateful that they had a chance to experience this wonderful adventure on such a perfect morning.