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Weeklong celebration puts focus on CLC’s daily importance


Through a variety of activities this past week, Penn College’s nationally accredited Dunham Children’s Learning Center celebrated the services and support it offers to youngsters, families and the campus community. The center, which also serves as a learning laboratory for early childhood education students, joined its counterparts across the country in observing National Campus Children’s Centers Week (Oct. 8-12).

– Photos by Barbara J. Albert, center director; group leader Neva E. Simcox;
assistant group leaders Michelle Cowher and Valerie L. Vonada;
and Jennifer A. Cline, writer/magazine editor

Everyone's favorite mascot pays a visit to the Children's Learning Center.
Everyone’s favorite mascot pays a visit to the Children’s Learning Center.

President Davie Jane Gilmour reads “When the Leaf Blew In,” by Steve Metzger, to an engaged audience.
President Davie Jane Gilmour reads “When the Leaf Blew In,” by Steve Metzger, to an engaged audience.

Each class delivered "Thank you" notes to campus offices that support the center's mission. Here, the Bees – the youngest of the groups ...
Each class delivered “Thank you” notes to campus offices that support the center’s mission. Here, the Bees – the youngest of the groups …

... spreads cheer at KDR ...
… spreads cheer at KDR …

... and in Financial Operations.
… and in Financial Operations.

The Wildcat is a popular attraction, reportedly greeted with laughter, high fives and hugs.
The Wildcat is a popular attraction, reportedly greeted with laughter, high fives and hugs.

The Bears visit Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor and department head of automated manufacturing and machining ...
The Bears visit Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor and department head of automated manufacturing and machining …

... and see the college's Baja SAE car in action.
… and see the college’s Baja SAE car in action.

The purr-fect party guest!
The purr-fect party guest!

Children paint a campus landmark ...
Children paint a campus landmark …

... each one adding his or her personal touch ...
… each one adding his or her personal touch …

... until all sides are bathed in vibrant color.
… until all sides are bathed in vibrant color.

Wednesday included morning snacktime in the Keystone Dining Room, where the children shared their crayoned handiwork with college students and Dining Services and General Services staff – wishing them all a good day.
Wednesday included morning snacktime in the Keystone Dining Room, where the children shared their crayoned handiwork with college students and Dining Services and General Services staff – wishing them all a good day.

Children present original artwork created by the CLC’s Bunnies and Bears groups.
Children present original artwork created by the CLC’s Bunnies and Bears groups.

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Maureen Dunham,

How exciting to see the children participating and enjoying so many wonderful activities. The center has provided excellent instruction and care for so many youngsters. Thank you.

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