POWNAL – More than 60 people were in attendance to celebrate community partners, board members, families, staff and kindergarten “graduates” at the recent year-end celebration and annual reunion. Oak Hill Children’s Center.
“Needless to say, it’s been a pretty long year,” Executive Director Beth Traver Adolphus said in a statement. “It’s inspiring to see how everyone came together during the pandemic so that we can continue to serve children and families every day.
“At the local level, our staff have continued their work despite the risks, and families have done a great job following COVID-19 health and safety protocols. At the government level, we had the full support of Governor Scott, the Vermont Department of Health, the Child Development Division and the Federal Wage Protection Program. The happy result has been that the children have continued to learn and grow in the place they know and love, ”she said.
A number of people were honored at the early evening event held at the centre’s playground. The Community Partner Awards were presented to Corinne Lyons, Early Head Start Family Support Worker, in recognition of her exceptional service to children, families and staff at Oak Hill Children’s Center; and Cynthia Greene, Shelburne Farms Farm to Early Childhood Coalition Coordinator, and Maggie Rubick, Northshire Day School Preschool Teacher, for their exceptional support of the Farm to School & Early Childhood program at Oak Hill Children’s Center.
Caroline Martel, Vice-Chair of the Oak Hill Children’s Center Board of Trustees, and Angie Rawling, Past Board Member, both recognized for their 15 years of service to the children and families of Oak Hill . Staff achievements were also honored, with special recognition for early childhood educator Tina Guile for her 20 years of teaching at Oak Hill, early childhood educator Carrie Snide for her 10 years of teaching. at Oak Hill’s Infant Room, and Accountant / Administrative Assistant Tiffany Elliott for 10 years of service to families, board of directors and staff of Oak Hill.
The evening also celebrated the 6 pre-K graduates of Oak Hill Children’s Center: Skylah Adams, Maci Begiebing, Finley Miller, Skyleigh Maxon, Robbie Miller and Serenity Senecal. Each graduate – dressed in a custom superhero cap and cape – had the opportunity to address the crowd via a megaphone, and each received a diploma, book, and other goodies. The evening included individually wrapped refreshments for all and gift bags for the children.
Oak Hill Children’s Center is a 501 © (3) nonprofit early childhood care and education provider founded in 1972 in Pownal, Vermont. The mission of the Oak Hill Children’s Center is to meet the needs of families by providing quality child care and education in a nurturing and nurturing environment that meets the state’s vision of fulfilling the promise of every child in Vermont. .
Oak Hill serves children 6 weeks to 12 years of age year round, providing high quality infant and toddler care and education, a preschool program, before and after school child care for children. school-aged children, as well as programs during school vacations and summer vacations. The program is play-based and child-centered, with particular emphasis on socio-emotional development.