ST. MICHAELS — The staff and children at Critchlow Adkins Children’s Center St. Michaels recently received a grant through the PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great Program.
PNC’s Grants for Great Hours allows employees to earn grant dollars for early education centers through their volunteering efforts. In addition to the monetary donation, various learning materials and games from Lakeshore were included in the grant award.
“Our heartfelt thanks to the local PNC employee for her willingness to volunteer in our program since 2012 and for the donation received this year in the amount of $3,000,” said Marlene Thomas, Critchlow Adkins Children’s Center St. Michaels site director. “The children were always very excited to see the representative when she volunteered at our site to read stories, participate in activities and for special events like the One World, One Sky Mobile Planetarium,” Thomas said.
The planetarium program held in Jan. 2020, introduced the children to astronomy, with multicultural connections. It was shared by St. Michaels Head Start and students ages four to six at St. Michaels Elementary School.
Items purchased from the Grow Up Great Grant will be used in classrooms at the St. Michaels site of Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers to help students develop language and literacy skills, hand-eye coordination, color recognition, matching and fine and large motor skills. These materials also encourage problem solving, shape and size recognition, and basic math skills.
Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers is a local, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide quality, affordable childcare in a nurturing, diverse, safe and enriching environment. CACC offers year-round educationally based preschool, preK to fifth grade before- and after-school care, and themed summer camps. Due to COVID, all-day care for children in preK-5th grade is also available. Children in this program are able to receive assistance with their virtual learning from CACC’s dedicated teachers and staff.
CACC is able to offer tuition assistance to many families because of the generosity and financial support of individuals, businesses and foundations in Talbot County. To learn more about CACC or enroll your child in a program, please call 410-822-8061 or visit www.cacckids.org.