30 Years

30 Years

“To be good and to do good, is all we have to do.” – John Adams

As we celebrate another birthday of our great country, we also celebrate 30 years serving children and families at Giraffe Laugh. We wish to welcome all those who joined our 30th Anniversary Society at our Celebration in June. It allows us to continue doing good in this world to educate our youngest learners. 

We heard tales from the past from teachers, alum’s and our leadership. We talked about the future and we talked about the past. We displayed our 30th Time Capsule that we will open up in 30 years! There is still time to participate with your feedback on what you believe the future will look like and share your stories. Click here to take our survey.

30 years is a long time yet it also happened in the blink of an eye. The day to day tasks morph into events, graduations, Luau’s, Hyde Park Street Fair, more events, Santa Claus, food baskets, babies being born, new preschoolers, toddlers, and school-age children until the rhythm of an entire year has been played out. The years then pile up and before we know it we will be here again, celebrating 60 years.

My hope is that by then we are able, with the help of the State of Idaho, to provide preschool to all children in Idaho. The CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, the largest builder of military ships, states “The lack of early education in our country is the nation’s top national security issue. Study after study shows that the most powerful and cost-effective way to make our children lifelong learners is to start them on that path before school — when they are 2 and 3 and 4 years old.”

The United States ranks third from the bottom among 36 industrialized countries in preschool enrollment, meaning that we will be competing with individuals who have had years of learning before we even begin. Idaho falls behind even more than the national average.

As we celebrate 30 years of success in our community, we are excited to see where the next 30 takes us. There is an opportunity to become more involved and to join our 30th Anniversary Society by donating $30 for 30 months. A cool mug is involved and even a better, brighter future for children right here in our City. For more information, follow this link.

Have a very safe and happy holiday.

Lori

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