Seeds of Learning – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 20:30:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Seeds of Learning: Experiencing the wonders of science as a family http://www.pagosasun.com/seeds-of-learning-experiencing-the-wonders-of-science-as-a-family/ Wed, 30 Oct 2019 11:00:55 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189829 By Ursala Hudson
Special to The SUN
Children, families, teachers and staff gathered at Seeds of Learning Early Care and Education Center on Oct. 17 for a family night of science explorations.
Each classroom had two or three developmentally appropriate science experiments, although parents and siblings of all ages seemed thrilled to explore the marvels of physics and chemistry through play. Aluminum boats carried loads of jewels, volcanoes erupted colorful foam and raisins danced as the seemingly magical was explained through scientific terms.
The concept of Science Night stems from the original Seeds tradition of hosting educational family gatherings, which were replaced over the past decade by themed parties that generally featured child-centered games, activities and snacks. Seeds teachers and administrators are excited to return to exploring different ways of having fun together, with Literacy Night planned during the winter quarter and Art Night scheduled for spring.

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Seeds of Learning holds back-to-school barbecue http://www.pagosasun.com/seeds-of-learning-holds-back-to-school-barbecue/ Tue, 01 Oct 2019 11:00:30 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=178627

Photos courtesy Ursala Hudson

By Ursala Hudson
Special to The SUN
Seeds of Learning families and staff celebrated the start of yet another school year at the back-to school barbecue this past Thursday. A potluck dinner was shared on the back deck of the school, with families and board members bringing the side dishes, and Seeds providing the hamburgers and hot dogs.
Enjoying the early childhood learning center after hours can have an impact on everyone’s relationship with each other and the facility. Adults are given the opportunity to meet each other on a casual basis and parents can watch how their kids interact with other children.
To conclude the event, parents visited their child’s classroom and listened to a presentation by the teacher and her trusty sidekick, Dina the Dinosaur — a large puppet that helps facilitate the social emotional learning curriculum used at Seeds. The teachers shared classroom procedures, expectations and daily rhythms, and parents were given the opportunity to have any questions answered.
The Seeds of Learning Board of Directors and the Family Involvement Committee sponsored the event, with the mission of building strong relationships among staff, parents and students.

Photo courtesy Ursala Hudson

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Seeds of Learning http://www.pagosasun.com/seeds-of-learning-2/ Thu, 26 Sep 2019 10:53:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=178529

Photo courtesy Ursala Hudson

Seeds of Learning families and staff celebrated the start of the school year at a back-to-school barbecue last week that included chasing bubbles, along with other fun activities.

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Seeds of Learning’s online voting for Dancing with the Pagosa Stars closes Friday http://www.pagosasun.com/seeds-of-learnings-online-voting-for-dancing-with-the-pagosa-stars-closes-friday/ Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:00:41 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=173187

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Each vote in Dancing with the Pagosa Stars helps support programs like Dinosaur School at Seeds of Learning. Dancing with the Pagosa Stars is Saturday, July 20, with online voting ending at 5 p.m. Friday, July 19.

By Tess Wisher
Special to The PREVIEW
The stars of Dancing with the Pagosa Stars have been anxiously preparing for this year’s event. Annita Bens, Jason Cox, Chris Hopkins, Mike Le Roux, Laura Moore, Steve Potter, Nicki Smith and Evelyn Tennyson have all spent countless hours practicing their dips and turns in preparation for July 20.
These amazing Pagosa Springs stars have also been rallying their friends and family to vote early online so they can win the Mirror Ball Trophy.
All of these votes are being counted up and put toward each star’s race toward the Mirror Ball Trophy. This online voting closes tomorrow, Friday, July 19, at 5 p.m. and each star is still trying to rack up the votes for themselves and, most importantly, the children at Seeds of Learning. Each $1 vote goes directly to support Seeds of Learning to continue to provide high-quality early education in Pagosa Springs. Attendees will be able to vote, via ballot, at the event on Saturday, July 20, at 5:45 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center.
Eighty percent of the children enrolled at Seeds are considered low income or at risk, meeting one or more criteria such as living at or below poverty level, having disabilities, or living in a household with family and/or parent challenges. To ensure that these kids can have access to high-quality early education, all families pay tuition on a sliding scale based on income. This means 80 percent of the Seeds families cannot afford to pay the full tuition of $52 per day, with many paying $30 per day. Dancing with the Pagosa Stars is one of the ways Seeds strives to raise the additional $22 per day.
Each one of your votes for these fabulous stars makes it possible for many Pagosa Springs kids to get a high-quality early education. So if you’d like to support these stars and Seeds kids, go to growingseeds.org now and vote for your favorite star.

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Dancing with the Pagosa Stars to benefit vulnerable toddlers at Seeds of Learning http://www.pagosasun.com/dancing-with-the-pagosa-stars-to-benefit-vulnerable-toddlers-at-seeds-of-learning/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:00:58 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=172741

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These kids are the real reason why these eight fabulous stars are strapping on their dancing shoes on July 20 for Seeds of Learning’s Dancing with the Pagosa Stars.

By Tess Wisher
Special to The PREVIEW
There are only a few days left until Seeds of Learning hosts Dancing with the Pagosa Stars on Saturday, July 20.
This event has paired eight local “Stars” with professional dancers from around the area. These couples have worked countless hours perfecting dances they will showcase at the event. Our stars — Annita Bens, Jason Cox, Chris Hopkins, Mike Le Roux, Laura Moore, Steve Potter, Nicki Smith and Evelyn Tennyson — have sold seats to the event, taped emotional videos, purchased their own costumes and encouraged friends and family to vote online.
Their coaches — Ashley Butcher, Sharina Ramsay-Adams, Casey Crow, Sariah Ellsmore, Nolan King, John Gillam, Jacob Miskimen and Asher Van Meter — have offered their amazing talents to instruct and fine-tune our stars for their big night.
The star raising the most money through ticket sales and voting will be crowned the Mirror Ball Trophy Winner. While other awards that night will include Best Male Dancer, Best Female Dancer, Best Costume and Best Video, it has been clear these incredible people are dancing for more than a trophy.
In addition, a slew of volunteers have worked behind the scenes to ensure an entertaining evening. Professionals like Ali Whitman, Leslie Carlson, Kylie Ross, Waldemar Winkler, Jeff Heintzleman and Lisa Saunders are lending their expertise to make this a show to remember. Committee members Lisa Peters, Melody Dean, Dee McPeek, Brenda Ray, Nancy Ray, Kim Hopkins, Terry McGaughy, Connie Knief, Toosje Lamoreaux, Terrie Frahm, Tess Wisher and Lynne Bridges have been burning the midnight oil to make sure there is food, wine and a lovely room to dance in. There are over 75 generous volunteers who will greet guests, serve food and wine, help with lighting and props, and collect and tally votes.
To say this event has taken on a life of its own is a gross understatement. The reality is, the money raised from this “fun”draiser will be used to help support families whose income does not allow them to pay full tuition for their children to attend Seeds. Many of these children are considered at-risk and benefit greatly for the rest of their lives from early education. The staff, families and, most of all, the children at Seeds of Learning are extremely grateful to the many men and women of Pagosa and our surrounding communities for their support.
In the creative community, the term “break a leg” is used as encouragement and best wishes for success. To our amazing stars and their talented coaches, we pass along that sentiment, but, even more, we pass along a heartfelt thank you. If you are interested in supporting this amazing event by voting for these fabulous stars, visit growingseeds.org and vote today.

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Tax credit means voting is half price for Seeds’ Dancing with the Pagosa Stars http://www.pagosasun.com/tax-credit-means-voting-is-half-price-for-seeds-dancing-with-the-pagosa-stars/ Sun, 30 Jun 2019 11:00:01 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=171620 By Tess Wisher
Special to The SUN
The wine has been ordered, the decorations are arriving and the stars are hard at work practicing their dances with their talented coaches. Everyone is getting excited about Dancing with the Pagosa Stars to be held July 20 at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The votes in support of our local stars are coming in and the race to win the Mirror Ball Trophy by earning the most money is heating up.
You don’t have to be a relative or close friend to vote for a star. If you are athletic, enjoy the arts, have donated to local causes, drink local beer or support local businesses, there is a star you can vote for. Just visit http://growingseeds.org/dwtps-stars/ to view star bios for Annita Bens, Jason Cox, Chris Hopkins, Mike Le Roux, Laura Moore, Steve Potter, Nicki Smith and Evelyn Tennyson. Each $1 vote supports Seeds of Learning and gets these stars closer to the Mirror Ball Trophy. You can vote as much and as often as you like. You can even vote for more than one star.
The best part about voting is your donation qualifies for a Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit. Any individual, corporation or other business entity making a monetary contribution to promote child care in Colorado is eligible for a 50 percent tax credit when filing a Colorado income tax return. That means that $500 in votes only costs you $250. This tax credit is a “win-win-win” for the taxpayer, for the star dancing and for the preschool children educated at Seeds of Learning.
Although the event is currently sold out, it is very possible that tickets will open up as the event gets closer. Anyone still interested in attending should contact Lisa Peters at (281) 650-0875 to be placed on the Dancing with the Pagosa Stars wait list. Tickets are $125 and include dinner, drinks and the best entertainment in town.
Your votes must be received by July 19 to be counted toward your favorite star’s total. Whether or not your star wins the Mirror Ball Trophy on July 20 for raising the most money, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you, too, are a “star” for helping change the future for an at-risk child.

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The Pagosa stars collide at Stargazing Party http://www.pagosasun.com/the-pagosa-stars-collide-at-stargazing-party/ Wed, 29 May 2019 11:00:24 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=168797

Photo courtesy Tess Wisher
The stars at the Stargazing Party, left to right front row: Annita Bens, Tammy Searle, Lisa Miranda, Jason Cox, Nicki Smith and Fran Lohr. Back row: Cindy Houston, Evelyn Tennyson, Laura Moore and Bob Brobst.

By Tess Wisher
Special to The PREVIEW
On May 7, the current and former Pagosa stars came together at the beautiful home of Lisa Peters for this year’s Stargazing Party.
There the 2018 Pagosa stars met the 2019 Pagosa stars and shared some of their experiences with Dancing with the Pagosa Stars.
Many of the 2018 stars talked about when to buy dance shoes, how to handle stage fright and how they encouraged their friends to vote for them. Every single star spoke to the importance of Dancing with the Pagosa Stars because of the cause that it supports.
Dancing with the Pagosa Stars is a dancing competition where Pagosa Springs celebrities partner with dance coaches to win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. All the proceeds from the event, including every vote, go towards Seeds of Learning, Pagosa Springs’ nationally accredited preschool.
The effects of a high-quality preschool education can follow a child for the rest of their lives. The cost for running Seeds of Learning is $52 per child per day, which many families cannot afford. Because of events like Dancing with the Pagosa Stars, more kids can access the life-changing education offered at Seeds.
If you’d like to see the Pagosa stars in action and see the competition unfold for the Mirror Ball Trophy, you can still buy tickets to the event on July 20 at the Ross Aragon Community Center , which will start at 6 p.m.
To purchase tickets, please call Peters at (281) 650-0875. No tickets will be available at Seeds of Learning. All tickets must be paid for at time of purchase and reservations require purchaser address, email, guest names as well as the star being honored with the purchase. Please go to the Seeds website at http://growingseeds.org for additional ticket purchase instructions and for more information on our stars.
If you’d like to support Seeds of Learning by voting for one of the eight fabulous Pagosa stars, please visit http://growingseeds.org and vote for all your favorite stars.

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Dancing with the Pagosa Stars tickets go on sale tomorrow http://www.pagosasun.com/dancing-with-the-pagosa-stars-tickets-go-on-sale-tomorrow/ Thu, 09 May 2019 21:00:28 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=167761

Photo courtesy Seeds of Learning
Last year’s Dancing with the Pagosa Stars was a great success. Bob Brobst and his coach, Ashley Butcher, shown above, danced in the 2018 event. You’ll want to see this year’s stars in action.

By Tess Wisher and Lisa Peters
Special to The PREVIEW
Tickets for the most exciting event in Pagosa Springs this summer go on sale tomorrow, Friday, May 10, at 9 a.m. Dancing with the Pagosa Stars pits eight Pagosa Springs celebrities and their coaches against each other for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. You can witness this spectacular event for yourself on July 20 at the Ross Aragon Community Center.
Dancing with the Pagosa Stars will be held on July 20 at 6 p.m. at the Community Center. We have added a few more tables this year. Tickets for this exciting event will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 10.
To purchase tickets, please call Lisa Peters at (281) 650-0875 or Dee McPeek at 317-3224 after 9 a.m. on May 10. No tickets will be available at Seeds of Learning. All tickets must be paid for at time of purchase and reservations require purchaser address, email, guest names as well as the star being honored with the purchase.
Please go to the Seeds website at http://growingseeds.org for additional ticket purchase instructions and for more information on our stars.
Tickets include a meal, the dance competition and open dancing before ending with the awards ceremony. A limited amount of first- and second-row tickets are available. The front-row seats cost $200 each and include a personal waiter for serving food and drink. All other seats are $125 each and do not come with a waiter. If paying with a credit card, there will be a small processing fee.
We expect to sell out quickly, so don’t be left out — call early on May 10 for your reservations.
Funds from this event will enable Seeds of Learning to continue to prepare the Seeds preschoolers, mostly at-risk, for public school and their future. Thank you, Pagosa, for your unbelievable support of this fundraiser and the children at Seeds.

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Buy your tickets for Dancing with the Pagosa Stars on May 10 http://www.pagosasun.com/buy-your-tickets-for-dancing-with-the-pagosa-stars-on-may-10/ Tue, 07 May 2019 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=167147 By Lisa Peters
Special to The PREVIEW
The kids at Seeds of Learning are enthusiastically breaking out their dance moves in anticipation of Dancing with the Pagosa Stars. And our 2019 local stars are doing the same, already preparing their routines for your votes.
Dancing with the Pagosa Stars will be held at 6 p.m. on July 20 at the Ross Aragon Community Center. We have added a few more tables this year.
Tickets for this exciting event will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 10. To purchase tickets, please call Lisa Peters at (281) 650-0875 or Dee McPeek at 317-3224 after 9 a.m. on May 10. No tickets will be available at Seeds of Learning. All tickets must be paid for at time of purchase, and reservations require purchaser address, email, guest names as well as the star being honored with the purchase. Please go to the Seeds website at http://growingseeds.org for additional ticket purchase instructions and for more information on our stars.
Tickets include a meal, the dance competition and open dancing before ending with the awards ceremony. A limited amount of first- and second-row tickets are available. The front-row seats cost $200 each and include a personal waiter for serving food and drink. All other seats are $125 each and do not come with a waiter. If paying with a credit card, there will be a small processing fee.
We expect to sell out quickly, so don’t be left out — call early on May 10 for your reservations.
Funds from this event will enable Seeds of Learning to continue to prepare the Seeds preschoolers, mostly at-risk, for public school and their future. Thank you, Pagosa, for your unbelievable support of this fundraiser and the children at Seeds.

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The ladies of Dancing with the Pagosa Stars http://www.pagosasun.com/the-ladies-of-dancing-with-the-pagosa-stars/ Fri, 26 Apr 2019 11:00:56 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=166674

Photo courtesy Tess Wisher
The 2019 Pagosa Stars are excited to strap on their dancing shoes this summer. In the front row, left to right, are: Laura Moore, Evelyn Tennyson and Nicki Smith. In the back row, left to right, are: Steve Potter, Mike Le Roux and Jason Cox. Not pictured are Chris Hopkins and Annita Bens.

By Tess Wisher
Special to The PREVIEW
The stars of Dancing with the Pagosa Stars are preparing for the second annual dance competition to support Pagosa’s Seeds of Learning. These Stars have been matched with a dance coach who will lead them through the process to win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. Four of these fabulous stars are Annita Bens, Laura Moore, Nicki Smith and Evelyn Tennyson.
Bens and her husband moved from Belgium to Texas with their two small children in 1985. She retired in 2007 from a career in the pharmaceutical industry and academia. Bens now lives in Mansfield, Texas, but enjoys her second home in Pagosa Springs.
“Thanks to the encouragement of my high school teachers and the hard work and support of my parents, I was able to attend college in Belgium and later graduate school in Fort Worth. Humble beginnings and the wrong zip code do not have to be detrimental for one’s future. I’m here to pay it forward and I will dance my heart and lungs out to earn your votes in support for the great initiative of the Seeds of Learning School,” she said.
Moore moved to Pagosa Springs in 2010 with her husband, Tim, to open a local arts center as well as co-found the nonprofit professional theater company that brings in professional performers, designers and directors from around the country to present year-round live theater in Pagosa Springs.
“Our oldest son, Finlay went to Seeds of Learning and we have been potty training our youngest son, Lachlan, since birth to get him ready for his admission to Seeds. We know first-hand what an incredible program Seeds is for kids learning and development and what a vital part Seeds played in the success of our businesses, by helping us keep our head above water as we try to balance managing our own business and raising a family,” she said.
Smith moved to Pagosa Springs over 15 years ago to open a popular local coffee shop. Throughout those years, Smith has had the opportunity to both watch and participate in the growth of this community.
From being a “big sister” to her time on the Chamber, Smith said, “it truly has been an amazing journey to see Pagosa transform into a place I’m excited to live and raise my family. With our son, Dakota, turning 2 this May, knowing that we have such an invaluable resource like Seeds makes all the difference in the world. I’m proud to have the opportunity to make an impact, and although so terrifying to dance in front of the entire town, you can bet that this introvert is going to give it all she’s got to rack up those votes.”
Tennyson has been a part-time resident of Pagosa Springs for the last 10 years after coming up here on vacation for 14 years before. Tennyson has been involved with several nonprofits over the years, is a part owner of a local art gallery and loves helping the community wherever she can.
“I became interested in Seeds a few years ago when I went to my first ‘Little Black Dress’ event with friends. Although I don’t have children, I love what they stand for and their commitment to helping the kids in this community,” she said.
This year, our female stars are joined by four male stars competing for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. You can now go to the Seed’s website at http://growingseeds.org/dwtps-stars/ to learn more about all of the stars and their coaches and vote for your favorites. Each $1 vote moves a star closer to winning the fabulous trophy and bragging rights for the next year. But, more importantly, all the proceeds go to sustaining Seeds of Learning, where preschoolers are expertly prepared for school and for life.
This year, we have tickets available for $125, which includes a buffet dinner, a complimentary wine glass, a fabulous show and open dancing. Ticket purchase instructions are available at http://growingseeds.org/dancing-with-the-pagosa-stars-2/.

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