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Opening Doors for Children & Families

Who You Wanted To Be

I was in traffic yesterday following a mini-van with a bumper sticker that read "Remember who you wanted to be." Now normally I would not endorse bumper stickers but this one actually made me think. Back when I was 3 or 4 years old and people asked me the age-old question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" My family likes to remind me that I would respond by saying, "A BIRD!" I like to remind my family that if I was 3 or 4 years old then they were the ones responsible for my delusional thinking.

At ABC Head Start staff are preparing for the end of the school year. Some teams like to prepare Memory Books or Scrapbooks for the children. They usually contain pictures from their time at ABC Head Start, quotes and things the children have created. Sometimes the teachers ask the children that same question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I love the responses of A FIRE TRUCK (not a firefighter?? NOPE the TRUCK!) Or I want to be a Princess! Or Spiderman! A Farmer! A Teacher! The list goes...but the best part is, our children don't just think, BUT BELIEVE they can BE anything!

This year they will present those Memory Books to the children on June 15 which is an extra special day at ABC Head Start. June 15 is LITERACY BACK PACK DAY! Through very generous donations we are able to stuff backpacks full of supplies the children need such as books and crayons. All 370 children who attend ABC Head Start will have a back pack and be ready for Kindergarten. And the most important part, is they will leave with the belief that they can BE ANYTHING because they can!

And maybe as adults we should pause for a moment - and "Remember who YOU wanted to be."

If you would like to donate to our Literacy Back Pack Day please contact Ann Babb at annb@abcheadstart.org.

ABC Head Start Society is a registered charity which has been committed to promoting and supporting strong children, families, and communities in Edmonton for over 30 years. We know that by giving children the best possible early learning and development opportunities in life, we ensure the future well-being and prosperity of our families and communities.



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