The objective of the summer enrichment program was to provide a variety of experiences that would benefit them as they return to their educational programs in the fall. The children in the Su Casa program do not often get the opportunity to participate in other summer activities. Through the activities at Su Casa, the children are given a chance to explore areas that increase their self-awareness and enrich their experiences.
Su Casa De Esperanza staff led the celebration for the children and parents as they marked the end of another year for the toddlers. The End of Year Event marked the end of participation in Su Casa programs for some of the toddlers, as they will be going on to the “big” school. The other children will be returning to toddler classes in September.
The celebration was held at both centers. Las Milpas children had their event in the backyard of the center on May 19, and the Progreso children held their event on May 18 at the Progreso City Park. Staff members led the children through various outdoor activities. All children won prizes, books, had their faces painted, ran horse races, blew bubbles, played on the playground equipment, and other fun activities. Parents and their children enjoyed an outdoor picnic of Pizza and Lemonade, followed by a Pinata.
SU CASA DE ESPERANZA TODDLER GRADUATIONS
Forty-one (41) three-year old children completed the Toddler Program (Early Childhood Development) at Su Casa De Esperanza. Graduation activities were held on May 20 and 21, at Las Milpas and Progreso centers. Mothers were honored along with their children for their commitment to their children’s futures.
Belinda Flores Simons is the executive director of Su Casa de Esperanza. She graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance. She has 43 years of experience in the field of education. Belinda is a Pharr native and resides there with her husband, Dennis, and their daughter, Danica. She believes that parents are a child’s first and most influential teacher and that education is the best inheritance that parents can give to their child. As executive director, she oversees the programs offered in the Las Milpas and Progreso centers.
Arlene Ramirez, our new Administrative Assistant, joined the Su Casa Staff in October. Arlene warmly welcomes all visitors to Su Casa De Esperanza and is responsible for the day to day operations of Su Casa De Esperanza. Her duties include bookkeeping, program statistics, scheduling, maintaining business records, and other administrative duties. Arlene has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Office Management from South Texas College. Arlene, her husband, and four children live in Pharr.