The Opportunity School Board is holding their annual Valentine’s Day Cookie sale. We would love to have your support for the school PLUS you can take care of those Valentine’s gifts as well!
There are two ways you can help out with our Valentine’s Day Cookie Sale.
You can become a Big Cookie Sponsor for only $250. You can sign up to become a sponsor at https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/OpportunitySchool_1/bigcookiesponsor.html.
You can also surprise your sweetheart, your co-workers or your child’s teacher with two dozen delicious thumbprint cookies wrapped in a decorative box. The cookies will be delivered anywhere in Amarillo on Thursday, February 14th. It’s the perfect sweet gift and it only costs $25.
Thanks to our generous sponsors, all proceeds from the cookie sales will go to benefit the children and families of Opportunity School.
HOW TO ORDER:
You can order online at https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/OpportunitySchool_1/valentinescookies.html.
You can also call Opportunity School at 373-4245.
Orders are due by 8 pm on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
We will be holding several events throughout the year to Celebrate 50 Years of Good Beginnings so please make note of upcoming activities and we will be in touch throughout the year! We can provide interview opportunities with parents, students, community partners and board members who would love to share how Opportunity School helps meet the needs of young children in our community.
Opportunity School Celebrates 50 Years of Good Beginnings for Young Children
More than five decades ago, a Sunday School class at First Presbyterian Church launched a program that was truly ahead of its time by providing high quality early learning and care when opening its doors on Monroe Street on February 10, 1969.
Focused on serving the educational needs of underserved children in Amarillo neighborhoods, equipping them and their families for success in school and in life, and fighting poverty was most important to a group of early education champions at First Presbyterian Church, according to Jill Goodrich, Executive Director.
“What vision and insight Opportunity School’s early leaders had as they sat together in a Sunday School class thinking about how to serve their community. And then how they invested their time and effort so deliberately in young children and families was amazing,” says Goodrich. “There is so much more that we know about how a young child’s brain develops now than when the school was opened, and yet that early framework is very much a part of the school’s mission still today.”
Opportunity School’s mission is two-generational, focusing on high quality in the classrooms but also working with parents and families to be their child’s best teacher and advocate. Maintaining high quality is critical to gaining the benefits of early education, an investment that provides positive returns when children enter formal education and even later when they enter the workforce.
Opportunity School will celebrate the year with a series of events to recognize the school’s impact on community and our children.
- April 2 from 11:30 am – 1 pm – Celebrating Good Beginnings for 50 Years Luncheon at Polk Street United Methodist Church with recognition of the school’s early leaders and national guest speaker (to be announced).
- Sunday, June 9 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm – Opportunity School Family Picnic at Elwood Park with recognition of the school’s distinguished alumni and the educators who shaped who they are today.
- Coming this fall – LIPS 2019 will be held at Amarillo Civic Center with the famous LIPS show open to children and families served by Opportunity School and some other special features to celebrate 50 years!
“The needs of young children and their families are great in our community. If we are to truly break the cycle of poverty, a two-generational approach is needed working children and their parents,” said Goodrich. “Working in together with parents and other agencies, we have an opportunity to create brighter futures for children in their education and provide support and encouragement for their families.”
In honor of 50 years we invite everyone who has been part of the Opportunity School family to get involved in these great opportunities to celebrate young children and Opportunity School. More information can be found on the school’s website at opportunityschool.com.