As the holidays and the year end, it is always an exciting time downstairs in the CDC. Things slow down a bit, and we have a little time off and have a lower number of children at school each day while many of the children are visiting family and friends for the holidays.
That time always gives me a chance to reflect on the upcoming year, as well as all the joys and challenges we faced in the last year. As I reflected on this last year, one thing I kept coming back to is how thankful I am for the position I have and the support I have from the CDC families, our local community, and Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. One example of this was the preschool’s field trips to the local Christmas tree lot just off Holman. As soon as we arrived in the big church bus all the workers were excited to see the children. They told us they were wondering when we would show up, and began talking to the teachers like long lost friends. I watched the children running around the lot, hiding behind trees, and collaborating on what tree they should bring back to their classroom.
It was a special thing to see how much joy these children could spread along to our community simply by expressing their joy. After long days of selling hundreds of trees, the workers found their spirits refreshed by the happiness of our children, and there was a smile on everyone’s faces. It left me proud of what an amazing school we have, and thankful that I get to be in this place every day. I am looking forward to another amazing year in the CDC, and wish all of you the happiest of new years.
~ Tim Sullivan, Director of the PRLC Child Development Center