Day care closing, owner sends thank you to community

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To the Editor,

Souls That Smile Child Care is closing on May 24th, after 17 years in business. I want to thank this community for giving me so many reasons to enjoy caring for children in this wonderful city.

I thank the library, post office, grocery stores, banks, restaurants and other local businesses who welcomed us with open arms. Special thanks to “our Amy” for the treats from the Family Frosty. Mrs. Michele has provided playgroup activities and these have been awesome. I appreciate the Senior Center staff who helped the children learn about caring for others by delivering Meals on Wheels.

The various city parks have each provided hours of fun for the kids. I am indebted to the police, street, public works, fire and parks and recreation departments for their friendly and faithful service. I thank the swimming coaches and bible school teachers who instructed the children each summer as well.

A huge thank you to the LISD professionals and to Mrs. Burdine (Little Indian Preschool) and Liz Phelan (LISD Preschool) who partnered with me in educating the children. I am appreciative of my fellow day care providers who share my passion for children and understand what a rewarding career child care can be.

I am forever grateful to my own parents, my husband and our adult children who have shared this journey with me. I also acknowledge the tolerance of my neighbors.

While this chapter of my life is ending, I extend an invitation to all who have been touched by Souls That Smile Child Care to continue the caring by supporting a scholarship that is being established for students who choose to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. Please contact me for more information on this.

Finally, I share my heartfelt gratitude to the many families who have entrusted their most cherished gifts into my care. THANK YOU TECUMSEH!

Cassie Hollenbeck

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