"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens could change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
"There are three ways to ultimate success:
The first way is to be kind.
The second way is to be kind.
The third way is to be kind."
- Fred Rogers
At Sunrise Learning Center, children are valued for who they are and the unique perspectives they bring to the world. We support them at every opportunity as children who are becoming creative, caring, responsible and compassionate members of the world, beginning with self-knowledge and then knowledge of their local community and neighborhood. Our school motto is "be a good friend:" listen, be kind, help if you can. To that end, SLC staff guide children through big emotions and the conflicts that arise during the school day by utilizing peer mediation & conflict resolution problem-solving strategies. Children are surrounded with a secure and consistent environment that focuses on solutions vs. punishment. Children gradually learn that they are capable of making good choices for themselves while respecting others. Childhood is a distinct developmental period within the human lifespan, and at SLC, this is acknowledged, supported and protected from developmentally inappropriate practice and pressures.
Through meaningful work and play, the children learn that they have unique contributions to make to the wider world. So, we start where we are with small acts of intention:
Regular trash pick up at Grove Street Park
Hurricane Maria Relief Fund Drive for members of our school community with relatives in Puerto Rico
Homemade thank you cards for people who generously share time and expertise with us: Farmville Volunteer Fire Department school visit; Bright Eyes Alpaca Farm visit; Mr. Paul Kelly's Juggling & Clowning Act
Smiles & Greetings to all the Longwood students who pass by our preschool play yard with dogs that need petting
Donation Collection for Morgan's Rescue & Adoption Service, May 2018