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The BOND Early Childhood Education project completed this school year with a special field trip to the Nature Center in St. Louis Park for the children and families in the New Hope Learning Center program. This year we served 30 children in two classrooms in Robbinsdale: 17 in the two-day a week Program at the New Hope Learning Center and 13 in the Friday morning program at Sandburg.

The teachers reported that all the children made tremendous progress over the school year and thanked us for all our hours of volunteer service in the classroom and making educational games.

Most of the children will be going on to kindergarten with very positive feelings about school and much better prepared than the teachers thought possible when first confronted with the many challenges. 

The younger children who are not yet old enough for Kindergarten will be going to the Great Start programs in their neighborhood schools, thanks to the additional funding the legislature just authorized to continue that program and even add some for children who qualify. They too are well prepared for their next step and should be eager learners in their new classes.

We will be holding a volunteer celebration, orientation and special training session in early September at Sandburg, so watch for the details. New volunteers are welcome to join us.

I am happy to announce that Arlene Dockman will be project co-chair, which acknowledges all the work she has done since our project started, and will continue to organize our volunteers.

Thanks to all of our members who helped make this such a successful year. All in all, it was a fabulous, memorable afternoon.

This article was written by Rhoda Redleaf, chair of BOND's Early Childhood Education project.