This past Friday, we had the opportunity to honor our community partners and celebrate success at our Partner Appreciation Breakfast. More than 75 people attended the event, with representatives from our Smart Start partners, Durham Early Head Start, NC Pre-K, the Durham Touchpoints Collaborative, Early Childhood Faith Initiative, Transition to Kindergarten Initiative, and the Partnership’s Board of Directors. It was a wonderful gathering of friends as we celebrated the inspiring success of these programs and their work in preparing young children for success in school and life.
As one way of celebrating success, we invited our partners to share a story with us. These motivating and moving presentations included everything from personal testimonies from teachers, to stories about the development of children with challenging behaviors and healthy classroom strategies, to a video featuring a mother who is able to continue her education knowing that her child is in high quality care.
Linzie Atkins, Board Chair, then had an opportunity recognize each of our partners individually and thank them on behalf of the Partnership and the Board of Directors. Rounding out the morning was the highly anticipated drawing for some wonderful raffle prizes, all of which were donated by generous sponsors.
Thank you for celebrating with us as we thank each and every one of our Partners who work so hard for our young children and families in Durham!