Learning Ladder children reach out to community
The Learning Ladder Child Development Center in Christiansburg had a busy holiday season.
The students enjoyed on-site celebrations and took time to give back to the community.
Students and parents gathered to participate in a pancake breakfast with Santa on Dec. 12, 2012.
Center coordinator Traci Cook and center aide Misti Stepp cooked breakfast, including everything from pancakes and sausage to orange juice and donuts.
The students each informed Santa of their gift requests while parents enjoyed breakfast and photo opportunities. Santa presented each child with a book and a jolly “Ho Ho Ho.”
The following day, the students in Pam Cline’s and Betty Metzler’s preschool classes joined forces to bestow Christmas cheer on the residents at Wheatland Hills Retirement Community.
The students brought handmade Christmas cards and performed Christmas carols for the residents.
Pam McGuire’s class of 2-year-olds spent a week exploring traditions related to Hanukkah with one of the class’s parents. They learned about the menorah, tasted traditional foods and learned to play dreidel.
Throughout the holiday season, the center’s students and families have been making contributions to the community to spread Christmas cheer.
Families made donations of hats, gloves and scarves for needy families in the area. The students decorated ornaments to send to 94.9 Star Country’s Troop Tree to provide encouragement to the men and women who spend the holidays serving our country.
The Learning Ladder students and families had a great Christmas and Hanukkah season and would like to wish a Happy New Year to all.
– Submitted by Katie Cummings
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