A Successful Sunday in the Park

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Thursday October 13, 2011

Ascension Childcare (ACC) welcomed children and families from around Chittenden County to Dorset Park in September for the first annual Sunday in the Park. The event, held to raise scholarship funds for children, attracted over 300 people who spent the afternoon listening to music and enjoying activities and offered a way to honor community and family.

“There was an amazing diversity of people at the event. The weather was perfect and it was a poignant way to celebrate our families and community,” commented Beth Dreibelbis, an organizer of the event.

It was a full afternoon of activities and music. Children and adults enjoyed playing in snow (brought over from the Dorset Park ice rink), making bubbles, bouncing in the bounce house, elephant painting, and making and flying kites. Jon Gailmor, The Smokey Newhouse Project, and the Fairfax, Westford and Fletcher Community Band performed at the band shell.  Resident Lisa Guerrero led a Zumba class, and Corporal Mark Redmond and K9 Officer Kaiser of the South Burlington Police Department gave a demonstration and answered questions.

ACC staff and community volunteers including local high school students, the Boy Scouts, and local Rotarians helped to staff the event. “The community certainly turned out in support of children today. It was a great day celebrating our neighbors and a day that will keep on giving to our most vulnerable citizens—the very young children in our community,” said resident Katie Gonyaw, director of ACC.

ACC is an independent, non-profit, NAEYC accredited center in South Burlington and has been a fixture in Chittenden County for over 22 years with the vast majority of children coming from South Burlington and Shelburne. The school is known for offering high quality, nurturing early education experiences to children between 6 weeks old and 5 years old and has served more than 600 children of all backgrounds and abilities.

ACC thanks the following sponsors: Merchants Bank, Spotlight on Dance, Almartin Volvo, and the SB Rotary.

SOURCE: Ascension Childcare