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Mary Ford Early Learning & Family Center celebrates success of 'Week of the Young Child'

RELEASE DATE: April 29, 2024

Week of the Young ChildMary Ford Early Learning & Family Center proudly celebrated the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) "Week of the Young Child" with a series of engaging activities centered around music, foods, teamwork, the arts, and families. The week, starting on April 15, 2024, kicked off with a special proclamation read by Kim Foxworth, Executive Director of Early Childhood Readiness Programs, emphasizing the importance of early childhood education and community involvement.

The highlight of the week was the vibrant art show, which showcased the artistic talents of young students. Held on “Artsy Thursday” the event drew enthusiastic participation from the school community with over 120 attendees. 

Guests were treated to a debut performance by the Mary Ford steel drum band, The Rhythm Readers, enhancing the festive atmosphere. The exhibition, coordinated and curated by the school’s art teacher Regina Albaugh, featured a diverse range of student artwork, including captivating 2-D, 3-D, and interactive pieces, demonstrating creativity and skills nurtured in the school's young learners.

Through the success of the art show and other engaging activities throughout the "Week of the Young Child," Mary Ford Early continues to emphasize the value of early childhood education and community collaboration. The funds raised during the art show will support initiatives by the school’s parent teacher organization (PTO). 

“We extend our gratitude to everyone who contributed to making this week a memorable celebration of our students' talents and the importance of early childhood development,” said Principal Loretta Hart.

For more information, please contact the school’s teacher-librarian, Katherine Freligh, at Katherine_Freligh@charleston.k12.sc.us.