by Cori Hilsgen
Little Saints Academy recently celebrated the “Week of the Young Child” by recording their school song, helping with the food shelf and even meeting Minnie the lamb.
Academy owner Amy Bonfig said the week is a time to recognize the importance of learning.
“It’s a time when we emphasize the importance of children’s learning and our amazing teachers who give the very best to the children every day,” Bonfig said. “We also take time to appreciate the parents who trust us to love, care for and teach their children.”
Thirty children from Little Saints Academy participated in a field trip to “Rock House Studios” in St. Joseph where they recorded their school song and were able to bring a compact disc of that song home.
“I liked hearing us sing on the big speakers and playing the big guitar,” Norah Hern, 5, said.
They also collected a truckload of food for the St. Joseph Food Shelf, met Minnie the lamb from a farm in Freeport, learned about bike safety, had an ice cream social and more.
“I liked bringing my food to share with the people who don’t have enough food in their cupboards and loading the truck with the police officers,” Reece Kalla, 4, said.
Little Saints Academy is a child-care center based on the belief children benefit in learning by providing music and movement. Bonfig said 121 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years, are currently enrolled at the academy.
Officer Matt Johnson, St. Joseph Police Department, helps preschooler Reece Kalla carry boxes of food for the food drive.
Brook Mueller, 5, holds Minnie the lamb.
Toddler teacher Sarah Frericks (left) and preschooler, Carter Simon, 4, help with a food drive during the “Week of the Young Child” at Little Saints Academy.
Tommy Vee from Rock House Studios visits with preschoolers Reece Kalla, 4, and Norah Hern, 5, during the “Week of the Young Child” at Little Saints Academy.