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Spring Newsletter – 2009

8th Annual Chili Chowder Challenge a Great Success!

The Maple Hill Farm Inn & Conference Center won three of the six awards presented at the Children’s Center’s 8th Annual Chili Chowder Challenge: Most Original Chowder, Most Creative Display, and Most Creative Name with “Springz Sprung Chowder,” presented by Committee Chair Judy Griffin and Center supporters Kaye and David Flanagan. Red Barn held onto the coveted title of Best Chowder for the sixth year in a row and the title for Best Chili went to Little Dan’s BBQ for their “Little Dan’s Smokehouse Chili.” The Hottest Chili award went to the Liberal Cup’s “Chernobyl Chili.”

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8th Annual Chili Chowder Challenge a Great Success!

spring2009_001.jpgThe Maple Hill Farm Inn & Conference Center won three of the six awards presented at the Children’s Center’s 8th Annual Chili Chowder Challenge: Most Original Chowder, Most Creative Display, and Most Creative Name with “Springz Sprung Chowder,” presented by Committee Chair Judy Griffin and Center supporters Kaye and David Flanagan. Red Barn held onto the coveted title of Best Chowder for the sixth year in a row and the title for Best Chili went to Little Dan’s BBQ for their “Little Dan’s Smokehouse Chili.” The Hottest Chili award went to the Liberal Cup’s “Chernobyl Chili.”

Fifteen local restaurants participated in the competition on Saturday, March 28, 2009. Over twelve hundred people attended the community event, which benefited the Children’s Center and raised $25,000 for early intervention education and therapy services for local toddlers and preschool children of all abilities.

The crowd bid on live and silent auction items, and children enjoyed fun craft activites and Story Time with Lynn Plourde and Sarah Schultz-Neilsen of the Lithgow Library.

spring2009_003.jpgThe restaurants competing for the best chili and chowder awards were: Al’s Pizza, Augusta House of Pancakes, Club & Catering OTR, Damon’s, Dennis’ Pizza, Java Joe’s, The Liberal Cup, Lisa’s Restaurant and Lounge, Little Dan’s BBQ, Maple Hill Farm Inn and Conference Center, The Red Barn, Red Robin, Riverfront BBQ & Grille, Tim Horton’s, and Wings Hill Inn.

Everyone enjoyed the music by Terrie Kee and Friends, including a song especially for the Children’s Center called “Look at Me.”

The event was sponsored by “Super Heroes” the Alliance of Maine Federal Credit Union and Lipman, Katz & McKee. They were joined by “Heroes” Peachey Builders and the Marketplace at Augusta, “Advocates” Augusta Fuel Company, G & E Roofing, Gagne & Sons, Kennebec Savings Bank, Lajoie Brothers, Key Bank, Quirion Construction, and J.S. McCarthy Printers and “Mentors” the Manchester Lions Club, sappi Fine Paper, and Sprague & Curtis Real Estate.

The Children’s Center is grateful to everyone who attended and the support of everyone who helped make the Chili Chowder Challenge a huge success, including volunteers from Kohl’s and from Best Buy. Even during difficult times, the Augusta area community came together for an event to benefit children. Special thanks go to Judy Griffin! spring2009_002.jpg

 

Srisha and Helen

spring2009_004.jpgSrisha attends preschool at the Children’s Center. She is a beautiful three-year-old girl who loves to swim. Srisha has made wonderful progress in all areas. She is also a girl with Rhett’s Syndrome, a disorder that results in delays in all areas of development.

Helen is an adorable three-yearold girl with a tendency to nurture. Helen never ceases to amaze her child care teachers with her ability to help the people around her.

Helen and Srisha are best friends. When they began spending time in the same inclusive classroom environment, Helen took Srisha under her wing. During circle time, Helen holds Srisha’s hand to help her participate in the songs. Helen helps escort Srisha to her therapy sessions, and welcomes her back to class when she returns. When Srisha sees Helen, her excitement and joy are apparent by her smile and eye contact.

Learning to care for others in their earliest years, children like Helen learn values that will shape their lives. And children like Srisha experience one of the best things in life: friendship.

Learnings

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It has been my pleasure recently to participate in the Kennebec Leadership Institute (KLI). This was made possible by the support of our Board of Directors, for which I am very grateful.

This experience has not only sharpened my skills and broadened my knowledge in a number of areas, it has also brought me into contact with two exceptional groups of people:

The first are my classmates in the Institute, which is the 23rd group to participate in this series. The broad range of positions and experiences these folks hold lends itself to spirited discussion on the topics we review, and has helped to me look at things from new perspectives.

The second group is the community leaders that contribute their time and insight to the group. Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to meet and learn from state and local government officials, business leaders, health care professionals, leaders in education, and a host of others.

All of these experiences remind me of the great Margaret Mead quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

This small group of thoughtful, committed people (KLI Class XXIII) has chosen to change the world by undertaking the improvement of our playground as the class project. We are working on completing the Enchanted Forest, designing and building new unique structures, and upgrading the entire space.

For that, and for the refreshed enthusiasm they have brought to me, I thank them all: classmates and community leaders alike.  ~ Jonathan

New Program for Relatives Raising Children

The Children’s Center is pleased to have been awarded a grant from the Brookdale Foundation to conduct a program in collaboration with Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP) and Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation (SKCDC) for grandparents raising grandchildren and other nontraditional families. Families and caregivers will be welcome to join us in September for a series of workshops about early childhood development and about the unique challenges of being a “relative caregiver.”

Spring

spring2009_005.jpgThe following story was written by the children of the Bursting Blossoms classroom: Once upon a time there was a wonderful place called the Children’s Center where kids went to play and learn. One spring day there were “flowers growing out of the snow and the snow melted away” (Kyle V). “It was spring time the snow melted and the outside was full of mud” (Helen). The children liked to “play in the mud with sleds” (Kyle B). “The big kids and the little kids liked to make mud pies, and scoop the mud and put it in a bucket” (Maximus). “The kids like to play with toys like cars and trucks at the Children’s Center. They liked floam and playdough, goop and to play with friends” (Owen). “I got a flower from the garden to play with and then I lost it” (Leah). During spring time we “cut shapes out” (Terra) and “play outside with mud and walk in mud” (Eric).

Children’s Center Online

Would you like to know more about what’s happening at the Children’s Center? We have many exciting projects ahead, and would love to share our progress with you as we move forward! Go to www.childrenscenteraugusta.com and look for the “Join Mailing List” box on the right hand side of the home page. Send us your email address, and we’ll keep you in the loop. The Children’s Center is on Facebook too! To keep up with events, discussions, and photos, use the “search” field on the upper right of your screen, enter “Children’s Center: Early Intervention & Family Support.

Judy Griffin Named Central Maine Philanthropist of the Year!

judy.jpgThe Maine Philanthropist of the Year Awards, sponsored by the Goldfarb Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement at Colby College, recognized the Children’s Center’s own Judy Griffin this year. Each year since 2002, Judy has been the driving force behind the Center’s Chili Chowder Challenge. Judy has coordinated the event, making it seem effortless, and helped the Children’s Center raise more than $100,000 to support early intervention services.

In addition, Judy is a past board member and former president of the Board of Directors, and the architect of the successful Capital Campaign that raised over $1.4 million for the expansion of the Center. She is also a volunteer with Healthreach Hospice Volunteers of Kennebec Valley, is active in her church, and was a Big Sister for many years. Judy is a truly deserving recipient of this prestigious award, and the Children’s Center is lucky to have her.

 

Red Barn Pancake Breakfast

You are invited to a pancake breakfast to benefit the Children’s Center!

Sunday, May 3rd  8:00 – 10:00 am

Come eat pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, and orange juice at:

RED BARN
455 Riverside Drive
Augusta, Maine

All donations benefit the Children’s Center, serving children and families in Central Maine for 43 years.


Parent Trainings

Contact Renee Randazzo @ (207) 626-3497 ext. 130 [email protected]

All trainings are free for parents. Child care is available and refreshments will be provided.

Transition to Kindergarten: A Natural Progression

Speaker: Robbin Pelletier, Maine Parent Federation

Children’s Center
1 Alden Avenue
Augusta, ME
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009, 5 pm – 7 pm

Maine Lifespan Respite Summit

Speaker: Jill Kagan, Chair, ARCH National Respite Coalition

St. Paul Center
State Street
Augusta, ME
Wednesday, June 11th, 2009, 9 am – 5 pm

Join us as we begin the journey to secure lifespan respite care for Maine.

  • Learn about the national Lifespan Respite Law,
  • Build a coalition and network of agencies, caregivers, and providers,
  • Inspire, share and collaborate together.

*Registration closes one week prior to each training. You MUST register to attend – no walk-ins. Space is limited for training and chilld care.


Current Board Members:
President ~ Warren Bartlett
Vice President ~ Dana Hamilton
Treasurer ~ Rep. Patsy Garside Crockett
Secretary ~ Kimberly MacKenzie
Gerald Stuart, Kim Eames, Christine Bartlett, Elisa Paylor, Glenn Gagne, Cristina Evers

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