Yesterday morning more than 2.4 million people across nine states participated in the 2012 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. The annual event was created as a tool to educate the general population what to do in an earthquake. As a licensed child care center, we are required to do these drills every 6 months so we took advantage of joining in the regional effort to share the message with our Day Nursery students.
Federal Center three year olds
Official rescue teams who have been dispatched to the scene of earthquakes and other disasters around the world continue to advocate use of the internationally recognized “Drop, Cover and Hold On” protocol to protect lives during earthquakes:
- DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
- Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
- HOLDON to it until the shaking stops.
State Government Center
Indiana State Government Center
If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table.
Indiana Government Center
Day Nursery preschoolers are in week 2 of their water safety sessions at the IU Natatorium on the IUPUI campus. Lessons are taught by the staff of the IUPUI Natatorium using the SwimAmerica curriculum. During the six sessions, the class of 4 through 6 year olds is broken into small groups of 3-4 children per instructor with the goal of getting each child comfortable with the pool and increasing their confidence in their swimming abilities. The students travel to the campus via chartered school bus and the Day Nursery staff members accompany the students and stand poolside to cheer on the young swimmers. Thanks to Day Nursery State Government Center teachers Theresa Jameson, Toni Hayward, and Connie Anderson for sharing these pictures from their trip to the pool last week.
Today Day Nursery honored past presidents of our association, Foundation and Auxiliary boards at a brunch at the Indiana History Center in a room that overlooked the Day Nursery State Government Center.
To get our guests in the Presidents Day spirit, we invited the preschool classroom lead by Tim Tegarden and Day Nursery Director of Center Administration Patty Fisher, to share with us their knowledge of President Lincoln. We were treated to Abe Lincoln trivia and a song by the children. I will post pictures of the grown-ups attending this event a bit later today, but first, here are a few pictures of the children from this morning.
All the students did a great job with their Lincoln trivia
The children helped each other get prepared before their big performance.
Day Nursery State Government Center students gathered in the Gibson Boardroom before their performance.
Mr. T shows his students a picture of young Abe Lincoln without a beard.
Amy Cavin, who is the Office Manager of the Day Nursery in the Indiana State Government Center is a big Colts fan and she knows how to have fun with it. When I put out a request to our centers to send me pictures of Colts fun, Amy couldn’t resist playing a little trick on the parents of one-year-old Cameron, pictured with her below. You see, Cameron’s parents are HUGE Bears fans and they love to remind Amy of that fact every chance they get. Today, little Cameron walked into the center in his Bears jersey, which Amy and Ms Cora turned inside out and redecorated with their favorite team. I hear Cameron’s Mom is already planning her next move. Go Colts! If you know someone looking for excellent early care and education in the downtown area, the staff of the Day Nursery State Government Center would love to give them a tour. They currently have openings for one year olds, four-year-olds and five-year-olds. The center is open to the public (and fans of all NFL teams, no matter what this blog post might imply!)
Today is a quiet day in the office so I am catching up on a few things that happened at our centers in December. Thanks to Marti Thiery, Assistant Director of the Day Nursery State Government Center for sending me these pictures of Mrs. Claus’ visit to their center last Wednesday.