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By Lynne Bridges
Special to The SUN
Seeds of Learning Early Care and Education Center is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2013: Deb Jennings, president; Dee McPeek, vice president; Lori Unger, secretary; Christina Lucero, treasurer; Aubrie Limebrook, member; and Nick Tallent, member.
The board of directors for Seeds is an active, working group. Their primary responsibility is to raise funds to sustain the excellent educational program offered to toddlers and preschool children at Seeds.
With local revenues down, financial support from the Town of Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County is difficult to acquire. The county, while supporting Seeds with $15,000 this year, has already publicly stated there will be no funding available for nonprofits in 2014. The town has approved support of $5,000 for 2013. With over $124,000 in funding needed to supplement tuition and grants, the board members have their work cut out for them.
The Little Black Dress Affair, one of the major fund-raisers for Seeds, will be held on Oct. 5 this year. Several board members have already agreed to help with planning. With new committee members and seasoned veterans working hard, the event promises to be as much fun as it has been in the past. Ladies, mark your calendars so you don’t miss this fabulous, feminine evening.
At a recent all-day board retreat, directors agreed on strategies for funding to continue educating Pagosa Springs children. Over 80 percent of Seeds students are identified as being at risk/low income children. Yet, when Seeds graduates enter our public school and are tested in the third grade, their average score is in the 70th percentile. These children were expected to fail.
The directors have committed to helping children succeed in school and in life. A lofty goal, but with the generous support of our donors and supporters, it is not just possible, but guaranteed.