Students 'Blast Off' Into Week of the Young Child with Rep. Scott
In the Comets classroom at NASA Langley's Child Development Center (LCDC), two-year-olds sat in a circle on a rug with their hands in the laps, anxiously awaiting a special guest, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), on the first day of Week of the Young Child.
Scott entered the classroom, greeted by applause, as he proceeded to read "The Roaring Rockets," by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker. The students joined in, counting down to 'blast off' and giving 'three cheers' for the astronauts. One student asked the Congressman for an encore, and he read the book a second time.
In the photo above, Comets students and teachers bid farewell to Rep. Scott before he heads out to visit the rest of the classrooms.
This is one of many exciting events planned for LCDC students, ages 6 weeks to Pre-K, during the annual weeklong event, which takes on a new theme each year.
This year’s theme is "When I Grow Up …" and students will also receive visits from the Hampton fire and police departments, the Coast Guard, the SPCA, a local doctor and the Eaton Middle School band.
"The Week of the Young Child is one way we, as educators, promote early learning," said Kimberly Bloom, LCDC Director. "Children are natural learners, and it is important to take their enthusiasm and build a solid foundation for school success in the early years from birth to age five."
On Friday, the Virginia Department of Health, Hampton's Healthy Families and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will be at the LCDC to provide information to parents.
The week of special guests and fun activities will culminate on Friday with a parade at 2:45 p.m. Center employees are invited to watch as the students stroll and march around building 1230.
"Children are our most important resource, and the beginning to our future," Bloom said.
By: Denise Lineberry
Photo credit: NASA/Dave Bowman