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Moody Early Childhood Learning Center in Galveston celebrates its one year anniversary
by Ruth Ann Ruiz
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Moody Early Childhood CenterMoody Early Childhood Learning Center celebrated its one year anniversary in Galveston on Tuesday. Students ranging in ages from infants to pre-K currently attend the center. The center is revolutionary by combining public and private donations to help reach families while the children are still very young. The MECLC is a place where little ones can grow, learn, develop and be ready to transition into their next level of academia. 

The school was the brainchild of Angela Brown who worked to bring together GISD and private donors to provide quality learning for the very youngest children in Galveston. The private donors for the school include: Moody Foundation, Permanent Endowment at First Moody United Methodist Church, Eliza Kempner Fund, Del Papa Family Foundation, United Way of Galveston, Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust, GISD Education Foundation, The Galveston Rotarians, The Meadows Foundation of Dallas, The Simmons Foundation of Houston, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. 

The ceremony began in the cafeteria with Board President, Betty Massey welcoming the guests and honoring the many people who contribute to the center. “It takes all of us to make this place work,” said Massey. With great enthusiasm, she directed everyone in the auditorium to stand up and join in the Moody Early Learning Center chant. Ms Massey let no one sit down on this chant, not even the photographers.  

Next on the speaker list was; Galveston, City Council member Dr. Craig Brown. “What an honor the city feels at having a center here in Galveston for early childhood education,” he said. This is a school, not a daycare.”  He read a portion of the City’s proclamation which will be read in its entirety at the next city council meeting. Also in attendance were Galveston City Council members, Amy Blye and Mike Doherty.  

Dr. Kelli Moulton, superintendent of GISD spoke. “Literacy begins with meaningful play and learning to cooperate,” she said. Dr. Moulton also emphasized the importance of the entire community. “It takes all of us to make this happen.”  

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas is one of the newer donors to the center. Carrie Kraft, public relations coordinator for BCBS  explained the purpose of huge tinker toys for the center. “When a child is at play, a child is healthy and a healthy child is a healthy family.”  

A ribbon cutting was conducted by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce.  

The fun began for the little ones as they explored their new tinker toys. The young students will be guided with the giant tinker toys to develop their motor skills, coordination, and cooperation under the direction of occupational therapist students from UTMB.

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