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Guest Blogger Melanie

This week, was the Open House of the Steepletown Preschool. In order to spread the word, the staff went out of the building Monday evening to increase community awareness by passing out flyers and personally inviting families of preschool aged children. Dick Bulkowski found the activity very rewarding, not only to spread our word, but to reconnect with long time members of the neighborhood. Rekindling old connections was an unexpected and very welcome outcome. We also discovered that many of our families benefited from speaking with Mr. Bulkowski, as he used his bilingual skills to connect with families whose primary language was Spanish. We edited our flyers to also include Spanish information and away we went to Richmond Park on Tuesday afternoon. We weren’t allowed to “solicit” but slyly found a way to connect with families who would benefit from learning more about our preschool!

Tuesday was also the day that our culinary interns with Chef Tommy of Kitchen Sage offered popcorn, smoothie snow cones, and custom caramel apples to guests of the Ability in Action event hosted by Disability Advocates of Kent County at Rosa Park Circle in honor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turning 24 this year! Our interns did a phenomenal job battling the heat and offering their goods with generosity and genuine enjoyment. Check out our Facebook page to see pictures and videos.

Wednesday we had a great turn out for the Preschool Open House and again, our culinary interns offered exceptional service as they helped guests prepare a pizza and fruit cup. We had a great turn out with time to spend with each family to share information about our program and the benefits they would have in choosing our preschool for their child. During the event, we were able to get some time with a few of the interns to find out more about their experience working with Chef Tommy. Jeremiah, Dick’s son, manned the video camera while I chatted with the intern. I can’t wait to see the final product. I’ll be sure to share it once it’s ready.

Our GED lab also had some exciting events this week. 3 students are closer to their goal by completing official GED tests! One student successfully passed all 4 tests and is now preparing for fall courses at GRCC! Participants also experienced the benefits of using multiple sources to learn concepts and skills reminding us that we should never accept information that isn’t clear. Inquiry, questioning and research, are essential to master something that is new. For example, dependent probability was giving us some troubles. While helping a student, we re-watched the lesson on GED Academy, and looked up a video on Khan Academy. Since we took great notes during each video, we were able to make sense of the strategy and apply it correctly! So, if you need to learn how to calculate dependent probability, visit the lab soon!

I’m excited to see what next week will bring for Steepletown!