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Last week the children and parents of the Preschool 1 classroom at the Day Nursery Hendricks County Early Care and Education Center in Avon collected and brought in items that could be recycled. The teachers and children discussed how using recycled materials help our earth. They sorted the materials and made a poster to illustrate items that could be recycled. Thanks to Center Director Joy McCall for sharing their pictures with us.
Join Us Downtown on the Canal on Sunday, May 23 to Raise Money for Arts Education Programs for the Children of Day Nursery Indianapolis
Families, staff and friends of Day Nursery are invited to participate in the Walking for Dreams Charity Walk. Developed by the Sycamore Foundation, this (approximately) 5K family and pet walk began in 2004 to help local Indianapolis non-profit organizations raise money to serve the children and families in our community. Day Nursery understands the importance of providing an enriching experience to all the children in our centers and is reaching out to our parents and the community to help fund arts education programs for our children. By registering and collecting pledges for this walk, you will directly impact the lives of the children we serve. Plus, you’ll have a great time walking with your family and friends (including the furry ones) along the Canal on a beautiful day. Thanks to our partners at AGIS, every registration comes with one complimentary t-shirt.
Please pick up a registration form at any Day Nursery center or visit www.walkingfordreams.org and register to walk for Team Day Nursery plus make an additional donation to support arts education for the children.
What: Walking for Dreams with Team Day Nursery
When: Sunday, May 23, 2010. Check in begins at 1 pm. Walk begins at 2 pm.
Where: Downtown on the Canal at Buggs Temple, 337 W. 11th Street, Indianapolis.
Cost: $20 registration fee, includes one complimentary t-shirt. Walkers are encouraged to solicit for pledges.
For more information, please call or Email Beth in the Day Nursery Development Office at (317) 636-9197, ext. 240.
Friday morning I visited the Day Nursery Northwest Center to attend a meeting held by the Day Nursery Auxiliary. The Auxiliary is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to assist the Day Nursery Association by raising funds and promoting volunteer services for the Day Nursery Association. The Auxiliary was founded in 1938 and currently has 225 members. Each year, the organization’s main fundraiser is a luncheon and fashion show. This year’s event “Leading the Way-In Style” is scheduled for October 1, 2010 at Oak Hill Mansion in Carmel. As the members arrived for their mid-morning meeting, they were greeted by 2 ½ year old students who were painting on an easel built into their playground. They seemed to really be enjoying some special foamy paint. Mrs. Renee Dixon and Mrs. Eva Johnson are the teachers in that classroom. The volunteers toured the center and enjoyed interacting with the children. You can learn more about the Auxiliary as well as see more pictures from their visit to the Northwest Center by visiting the Day Nursery Auxiliary blog.
Day Nursery Association is one of fifteen youth-serving organizations throughout Indiana to have been selected as a CHAMPS (Champions in Life) Grant recipient, which is awarded annually by Indiana Sports Corporation.
CHAMPS Grants support organizations that provide underserved youth with the opportunity to participate in sports and fitness activities and teach life skills. The CHAMPS Grants are funded by net proceeds of the annual Youthlinks Indiana Charity Golf Tournament as well as direct contributions from many generous organizations like Community Health Network Foundation, Conseco and Samerian Foundation.
Day Nursery’s Summer Health and Water Safety Program will benefit from the Samerian Foundation CHAMPS Grant. This program promotes healthy physical activities and nutrition combined with self empowerment for the children enrolled at Day Nursery’s seven centers and includes swimming lessons. All participants will be exposed to healthy eating choices with fresh produce providing long term influence on the children. Swim lessons will be held at the IUPUI Natatorium and begin the week of May 17.
“It is truly an honor for Indiana Sports Corporation to again present CHAMPS Grants to deserving organizations who provide such wonderful programming for youth,” Indiana Sports Corp President Susan Williams said. “Each of these groups is investing in the future health and success of young people throughout Indiana. The youth participating with these 15 organizations are receiving this extra financial boost as a result of the generosity of the companies who participated in Youthlinks in 2009. We congratulate each of these amazing organizations for their service to youth.”