During the month of April, community leaders will have the chance to spend time in a pre-school environment learning everything a child normally would in a classroom or daycare center. In the second year of Smart Beginnings, adults will experience the education of a preschooler first-hand. Community leaders can show their support and commitment to bettering early childhood education in the Shenandoah Valley by brushing up on their ABCs and going back to the basics.
Current "students" in Smart Beginnings Pre-K for the day class include: Joe Funkhouser, president of Funkhouser Real Estate Group and rector of the James Madison University Board of Visitors; Dr. Scott Kizner, superintendent of Harrisonburg City Public Schools; Floyd Heater, president of Shenandoah Memorial Hospital; Dr. Michael Davis, JMU debate coach and assistant professor of speech communication; Brantley Somma, territory manager of Paychex; and Rebekah Ady and Katie Mercer from Family Youth Initiative.
The community leader with the top fundraising amount will be named "valedictorian," and runner up will be named "salutatorian" at the Goodnight Gala in Harrisonburg on May 11. If your business is interested in being a sponsor, call Alysia Davis at 540-568-8968. For more information, visit www.valleysmartbeginnings.org.
Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley is an organization with a mission to help all children enter school healthy and prepared to succeed. By raising awareness, building collaborative partnerships and harnessing resources, Smart Beginnings works to create ready children prepared for success.