Youngsters Attract Students for Easter

By Monique Frausto

Student volunteers from the University Village joined the
Children’s Center on Thursday for an afternoon of Easter
festivities. The children were all smiles as they decorated
pastel-colored eggs and made greeting cards.

At this annual event, the children eagerly sat at tables filled
with stickers, markers and crayons, while staff and student
volunteers assisted with their Easter designs. They also made sure
the supply of eggs and supplies didn’t run low.

Student volunteers Jonathan Chan, a third-year business computer
information system student, and Kristin Tran, a fourth-year
management and human resources student, were among those helping
the children design Easter cards.

Tran said that it was a great way to accomplish community
service and be with the children. She also said she would be more
than happy to volunteer again in the future.

Lona Thomas, a four-year-old preschooler, was asked if she was
having fun with the student volunteers and she enthusiastically
said yes. She said the best thing about the day was the eggs she
was decorating.

This isn’t the first time the students from the University
Village have given their time to be with the children. For
Valentine’s Day they also came out to help the children with
creating cards.

Tonii Galarneau, the Outreach Marketing Coordinator for the
Children’s Center, reveals that before any student group or
volunteer can come out and do an activity with the children, they
must present a lesson plan.

“There has to be some planning and some sort of learning,” said
Galarneau. “Not just for our students, our little guys, but also
for them as adults too. We want them to get an optimal experience
from coming to the program.”

According to Galarneau, student groups and clubs often come out
and support the center.

She also notes that events of this nature are carried out
regardless of student involvement.

“But, I think [student involvement] enhances it more and it
helps the children to socialize with other adults,” said
Galarneau.

After four years of working and representing the center,
Galarneau feels that the campus involvement is great.

“From facilities to the Dean of Students to A.S.I, all those
different departments are so supportive,” said Galarneau. “I can’t
say enough of how much support we get from them.

An event such as their Third Annual Silent Auction and Benefit
is a great way to support this non-profit organization.

Held on May 18, the proceeds will aid the center to purchase
updated playground equipment and classroom enrichment
materials.

Founded in 1974 by student-parents, the center focuses on a safe
and educational environment for children.

With 74 children enrolled, the center is accredited by the
National Academy of Early Childhood Programs and is
state-funded.

The center is not only open to student-parents but staff,
faculty, alumni and those from the community can also bring
children here.

Galarneau said the center is a day care but it is also a
preschool.

Their Pre-K program prepares the child for kindergarten because
there are expectations and pressure at that early stage of a
child’s education.

A child’s education plays an integral part on their path to
becoming adults. The Children Center provides an adequate learning
environment for them, which includes events such as the Easter
activities.

Although only toddlers, Galarneu said these potential Cal Poly
students are taught the same values of the older students.

“To be good citizens, that is our main goal,” said Galarneau.
“We try to help prepare them for the outside world.”

Monique Frausto can be reached by e-mail at arts@thepolypost.com
or by phone at (909) 869-3744.

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