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Closed Child Care Center Still Celebrates Staff

By Christ Church Children's Center

May 12, 2020

Although Christ Church Children’s Center is closed – it was still important to hold Teacher Appreciation Week! 

 “We annually recognize our teachers and staff during this week, so we thought it was important to thank them for all their hard work,” said Mike Arndt, Center Director.  “We tried to figure out a fun and unique way to recognize everyone while still social distancing…so we came up with a scavenger hunt.”

 Every day last week the Christ Church Children’s Center teachers and staff went to a different spot and get a thank you gift.  The thank you gift contains a clue to tell them where to go the next day.  The gifts ranged from child made flowers to gift cards.

 “It was really hard to come up with something to do with no money,” says Arndt.  “Since the Children’s Center is closed we have no tuition coming in.”

 Arndt worked to create a Thrivent Action Team project to help fund the project.  The Thrivent Action Team helped buy some of the supplies and gifts to thank the teachers.  They used the Action Team funds to get wildflower seeds, chocolate bars, and lots of other items to go into gift bags. 

 “Thrivent provided a lot of supplies – but we still wanted to thank them in additional ways,” says Arndt.  “We know the last few weeks have been hard for the staff so we asked the parents to provide two things.  We asked the parents to have their kids make hand-made flowers to hand out to the staff.  This even provided a project for parents to do at home with the kids.  We also asked the parents to buy a $5 gift card per family.  We just wanted a little something to give an extra smile to each staff member.  We received over $350 in gift cards from the parents that will be distributed among the staff on the final day.”

 “We want to thank Thrivent and the entire Christ Church Children’s Center family for allowing us to thank all of our hard-working Teachers and Staff,” says Arndt.  “Christ Church Children’s Center is currently closed and we hope to reopen soon – but the family is still intact.”

 Christ Church Children’s Center is located in Christ Mertz Lutheran Church at 16 Fleetwood Road in Dryville, PA.

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