By Danyelle Leentjes
Seeds of Learning
While it has been hard to tell it is December in Pagosa Country, the halls of Seeds of Learning have been transformed into a winter wonderland.
Children and families are greeted by snowflakes hanging from the ceiling, snowmen and icicles hanging from the walls, signs leading to North Pole, Santa’s Workshop and the Polar Express, to name a few. The smell of fresh-baked desserts fills the hallways as teachers and children embrace the spirit of the holiday season.
None of this would be possible without the generous support of our community. It is the donations given to Seeds of Learning that make it possible to offer the highest level of education in early childhood development. Over 80 percent of the children enrolled in Seeds are at a reduced tuition rate due to income restrictions. We need your help filling the gap between tuition and the actual cost for a child to attend Seeds. Simply put, we can’t do it without you. While Seeds’ signature Dancing with the Stars event brings in much-needed funding to the school, it does not fill this gap.
Part of what makes Seeds so extraordinary are the outstanding teachers. It is crucial to recruit and retain the most skilled teachers for our children and at the same time keep tuition affordable for families. Without your help, children of our community will not be able to afford the emotional and educational support they desperately need.
Therefore, we are asking for your support this holiday season. Your donation today, no matter how small, can show a child the path to a brighter future. Will you help them experience a nurturing world that feels safe? Will you be the person to provide them with the confidence to feel that their future is bright and that anything is possible?
Exactly what does your donation mean?
• It means you can prevent a child from starting months or years behind when they reach kindergarten.
• It means you can prevent a child from never catching up to their peers.
• It means a child will learn from her teacher, Miss Ruby, that there are people who really care about her.
• It means for one child, the cycle of poverty that begins with lack of education will be broken.
• It means parents can have the peace of mind that their child is safe.
We need your help today to continue the high standard of programming families have come to rely on. Your gift will create the powerful effect education has on a child, our community and our world.
Please consider donating by sending a check to: Seeds of Learning, P.O. Box 5831, Pagosa Springs CO 81147 or at GrowingSeeds.org.
Seeds of Learning is a not-for-profit NAEYC-accredited early care and childhood center promoting the growth of the “whole child” while instilling the love of learning for diverse young learners in Pagosa Springs for 23 years.