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StrongStudents at Primrose School of Five Forks Donate 355 New Books To Reach Out and Read
Preschoolers Give Books to Children in Need After Celebrating With 45 Million Readers Nationwide
Lawrenceville, GA [February 26, 2013] – Preschoolers at the Primrose School of Five Forks helped provide books for local children in need in honor of Read Across America Day this month.
Dressed in festive hats, the children one-by-one handed 355 books to Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics Academic Success Coordinator, Rhonda Hudson, who gladly accepted the books on behalf of Reach Out and Read (www.reachoutandread.org), a non-profit committed to promoting early literacy through pediatric primary care.
“Our philosophy and literacy goals at Primrose directly align with Read Across America Day, and it was truly a great day for the community and the entire country to establish a regular reading routine, promote early childhood education and celebrate the power of literacy together,” said Gil Benjamin, Primrose School of Five Forks owner.
Also taking part in the festivities were local guest readers, including Gwin Oaks Elementary School Principal, Tonya Burnley, Barnes & Noble guests Edythe Dama and Kim Waterman as well as City of Snellville Mayor, Kelly Kautz and Gwinnett Librarians, Susan Newton and DeAnna Espinoza.
The book donation drive is a part of Og’s Bountiful Books, a Primrose reading program designed to encourage parents to read to their children at home and send in favorite books to school to share with their classmates and those in need. “Og” is the official Primrose school bookworm – as well as one of the school’s character development mascots. The Og’s Bountiful Books program is a key part of the Balanced Learning® system, which balances academics, play and character development.
About Primrose Schools®
Celebrating 30 years of service in 2012, Primrose Schools is the nation’s leader in providing a premier educational child care experience in more than 245 schools in 17 states. Primrose partners with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life, and offers an environment that helps children have fun while nurturing Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®.
Primrose Schools stands behind its commitment to deliver an exceptional early childhood experience with the Primrose Guarantee, a parent’s assurance of complete satisfaction. For more information about Primrose School of Five Forks, visit www.PrimroseFiveForks.com.
StrongPrimrose School of Five Forks Family of the Month
The Johnson Family has been chosen as our Family of the Month for December.
Philip and Yvonne are the proud parents of Autumn, a student in our Early Preschool 1
classroom. The Johnson’s also have a Miniature Pinscher named Diablo.
The Johnson’s enjoy taking trips to the North Georgia Mountains to get away. They also
like to fish for trout and swim. Both Philip and Yvonne have family in Louisiana and
Texas and they enjoy taking trips to see them.
Some of the Johnson’s favorite hobbies include walking, singing and dancing together.
Autumn loves to watch her daddy play the drums and she likes to play the drums, too!
Autumn loves going to “her school”. She enjoys learning new things, playing with her
friends and spending time outdoors. She has also learned to count to 10 in English and
Congratulations to the Johnson Family!
StrongHOUSEHOLD CHORES PAID OFF AS LOCAL PRIMROSE PRESCHOOLERS RAISED $8,316 TO HELP SERVE A HOLIDAY FEAST TO ATLANTA FAMILIES
Lawrenceville, GA, (November 30, 2012) – Demonstrating their commitment to giving to
others, Primrose School of Five Forks recently helped feed hungry families throughout the Atlanta area. On Friday, November 30th, the preschoolers donated 4,752 food items to the Salvation Army.
“Children from Primrose Schools across the nation participated in food drives over the
past month, but they did much more than simply bring in items from their parents’ pantry,” says Gil Benjamin, Primrose School owner of Five Forks. “The students earned money by completing extra chores at home, combined their earnings and then counted them in the classroom. They reviewed grocery store sale advertisements and clipped coupons to find best values on nutritional food, created a detailed shopping list and took a field trip to Publix in Snellville to shop for local families in need.”
The donation of nearly $8,316 worth of food items comes when American families find
themselves in critical need as men, women and children face hunger. According to Feeding America, a total of 36 million Americans struggle with hunger, including 13 million children.
Giving back to the community was a major focus of the annual food drive, as well as a key component of Primrose Schools’ Balanced Learning® curriculum, which blends teacher-directed and child-initiated activities with special emphasis on character development. The Caring and Giving program is a nationwide initiative, with participation from more than 245 Primrose Schools across the country and helps students understand the value of generosity and creates a hands-on approach to math, nutrition and planning skills.
StrongPrimrose School of Five Forks Preschoolers Show Their Thanks in Many Ways
Students at Primrose School of Five Forks shared what they were “thankful for” this year at a Thanksgiving feast with their parents on Thursday, November 16th.
These activities are part of Primrose Schools Balanced Learning® curriculum which blends child-initiated and teacher-directed activities and places special emphasis on character development. This month students are engaging in activities in the classroom to help them
learn about respect for others and showing appreciation and thanks to those around them.
StrongPrimrose School of Five Forks Teacher of the Month (November) - Mrs. Milotte
Mrs. Milotte has been chosen as the Apple of our Eye for the month of November. Mrs. Milotte is the Lead Teacher in our Explorers class. She and her husband, Nick, have been married for five years and have a lab named Daisy. Mrs. Milotte was born in Stuttgart, Arkansas and raised in Snellville, GA. She graduated from Brookwood High School and North Georgia College and State University. She is currently attending the University of Dayton Catholic College to further her education in Youth Ministry.
Mrs. Milotte has been a member of our Primrose family for 5 ½ years. She is also the Associate Youth Minister for St. Oliver’s Catholic Church. Mrs. Milotte’s enjoys any hobby that allows her to express her creativity and Pinterest is really bringing out her crafty side. She also loves music and enjoys attending concerts with her husband and friends.
Some of Mrs. Milotte’s favorite places to visit are Helen, GA; the beach; Arkansas to visit family; and she would like to take a trip to Scotland and Ireland in the next five years. Hiking, yoga and going to the gym are just a few of the activities that Mrs. Milotte enjoys to stay active and fit. Working out is a very important and fun part of her life.
In the future, Mrs. Milotte is working towards becoming a full time High School Youth Minister for the Catholic Church and she is enjoying spending time with her husband and planning to expand her family so that her children can one day join the family at Primrose School of Five Forks.
Congratulations to Mrs. Milotte!
StrongPrimrose School of Five Forks Family of the Month (November) - The Bombard Family
The Bombard Family has been chosen as our Family of the Month for November. Tom and Jennifer are the proud parents of two boys: Andrew, 6 and Arthur, 3, a student in our Preschool 1 classroom. The Bombard’s also have a cat named Toonces.
As a family, the Bombard’s like to experience outdoor activities together. This includes sailing on Lake Lanier, biking, camping and hiking. The Bombard’s also like to take vacations every year. Some of their favorite places are the Gulf Shore beaches, mountains and visits with family and friends in the Pacific Northwest. The Bombard’s think that it is important to take 1-2 vacations a year so that they can relax, unwind, and get away from their regular routines.
Tom has played guitar in a band (Bedhead)for 12 years. The Bombard’s often have jam sessions in the basement; Tom on guitar and the boys on drums and vocals. The Bombard’s also like to dance and Jennifer with dance with the boys with the Wii games. Some of their favorite Wii games include Michael Jackson and Just Dance I, II and III.
Each year the Bombard’s make a Bombard calendar to give as Christmas gifts to their family. They enjoy looking at the pictures and remember the special time with family and friends.
When the Bombard’s were asked why they chose Primrose School of Five Forks for Arthur, they replied, “We’ve been impressed with the teachers and leadership at Primrose School of Five Forks. Arthur started Primrose only a few months ago and was having a difficult time transitioning to his new environment. The teachers and staff really worked with Arthur to help him ease into the new routine and he is now thriving. He loves school and most importantly, he genuinely loves his teachers.”
Congratulations to the Bombard family!
StrongPrimrose School of Five Forks Teacher of the Month (October) - Mrs. Taylor
Mrs. Taylor, the Lead Teacher in our Private Pre-Kindergarten 2 classroom, has been chosen as the Apple of our Eye for the month of October.
Mrs. Taylor and her husband, Wally, have two beautiful daughters named Gena and Anna. Gena is thirteen and is in the eighth grade and Anna is eight and is in the third grade. The Taylor’s also have a poodle named Fendi and a lab named Jake. Fendi loves to sleep and Jake loves to get belly rubs! Mrs. Taylor’s husband, Wally, is an FBI Agent in Atlanta.
Mrs. Taylor was born and raised in the small town of Newberry, SC. Mrs. Taylor always wanted to be a teacher. Some of her early childhood memories include playing “teacher” on the back porch of her house. She decided to go to Lander University in Greenwood, SC because of their great education department. She obtained her degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education.
Mrs. Taylor currently has 10 years of teaching experience. All of those years have been with the public schools in both South Carolina and Georgia. The majority of her experience has been in 4th and 5th grades, and working with younger children has given her a well-rounded experience in her career as a teacher.
In her spare time, Mrs. Taylor enjoys going camping with her family. It is a great way for her to spend time with them without the distractions of everyday life. She also enjoys making her own greeting cards and reading.
Congratulations to Mrs. Taylor.
StrongPrimrose School of Five Forks Family of the Month (October) - The Heathcock Family
Ashley and Jenny are the proud parents of Emme, a student in our Preschool 1 classroom. The Heathcock’s will also have another baby girl that is due to arrive in February. Also in the Heathcock Family is Maggie the dog and Molly the cat.
The Heathcock’s love to make memories by traveling to new places and experiencing new things. They recently went to Colorado and hiked some trails in the Rocky Mountain National Park. They also love their weekend family fun days. On Saturday’s in the fall, the Heathcocks can be found cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs.
Emme loves to do PlayBall at Primrose! She wishes everyday was a PlayBall day! She also enjoys learning ballet with her Primrose friends, riding her bike with her Daddy, doing art and most recently, typing her name on the computer.
When Ashley and Jenny were asked why they chose Primrose School of Five Forks for Emme, they replied, “Emme started at Primrose in the Infant Room and has consistently experienced great teachers from that point forward. We feel very fortunate to have chosen Primrose as the school to help shape her early years. We know that with the curriculum and dedication to learning, Emme will undoubtedly be well prepared for her future academic career.”
Congratulations to the Heathcock Family!
StrongPrimrose School of Five Forks Students Celebrate Grandparents Day
Primrose grandparents join their grandchildren at school
Lawrenceville, Ga., (Sept. 10, 2012) – The students at the Primrose School of Five Forks honor their eldest family members with a special morning snack and activity to celebrate Grandparents Day.
Grandparents and seniors play an important role in the development of young children. Sharing their wisdom and experiences can connect the generations and promote kindness in many ways. Time spent together will leave meaningful and lasting memories for everyone involved.
Primrose Grandparents were invited to bring a favorite children’s storybook and read to the children, enjoy an art activity and share a special snack with their grandchild.
These days, reserving time for one’s elders is sometimes lost in the shuffle. With grandparents and grandchildren often living far apart – whether because of job transfers, divorce or other causes -- youngsters often don’t have the opportunities to interact and learn from senior citizens, as they would have in times gone by.
While sharing their time, energies and interests with the seniors, children learn from the wisdom of their elders. Both young and old alike enjoy participating in each others lives, and visits with their grandchildren can help dispel the loneliness that is too often part of aging.
“In this youth-focused society, the reality of aging is often hidden and avoided. We believe that children should learn the importance of caring for and helping others and giving back to the community. Our Grandparents Day celebration is designed to involve even the youngest children in a meaningful, hands-on and ongoing way and to teach them important lessons,” noted Primrose’s Cami Nail.
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