MIDDLEPORT — A call for the need to improve learning opportunities for young children is being observed this week by the New Horizons Childhood Enrichment Center where a variety of activities are being held.
Monday Middleport Mayor Michael Gerlach joined the children in “silly hat day” and while there signed a proclamation designating April 14-20 as the Week of the Young Child.
In his proclamation, the mayor, a former teacher at Meigs High School, called for all citizens to “work to make a good investment in early childhood for all of Meigs County. The importance of the observance, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is that it emphasizes growth and development of young children vital to building better futures for everyone in Meigs County, Gerlach said.
New Horizons opened in 2005 and operated in the Mulberry Community Center until November when the school moved to the Middleport Family Life Center. Michael Bartrum and Cindy Eblin, teacher, are directors of the Center which has both morning and afternoon classes for children three to five years old. Classes are held four days a week, 8:45 to 11:15 a.m. and 12 to 2:30 p.m.
This being the “Week of the Young Child,” Eblin said they are celebrating “being a kid.” Monday was silly hat day, Tuesday was backwards day, today is pajama day, and tomorrow is beach day.