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Small is a beautiful thing at Fraser

Staff and students at Fraser Child Care Center interact in their restructured classrooms. Submitted photo

By Kim Zeeb, Fraser, Ltd. Special Needs Coordinator

In the world of child care the statement, “small is a beautiful thing,” is true for many things. Small ideas form big creations. Small hearts have big feelings. Small arms give big hugs. Small spaces house a world of possibilities.

Fraser Child Care Center took on a construction project to restructure classrooms. These smaller classrooms have opened up new possibilities for the children. Walls were put up and walls were taken down. Bright eyes watched the construction crew paint walls purple, green and blue. Of course, one little girl, wanted her classroom to be pink, ‘the best color in the world!’ Every classroom is an animal from the jungle. The children have fun sharing with parents and grandparents, ‘I’m a Monkey,’ or ‘I’m a Zebra.’ Whether a child is a monkey, a zebra, a parrot or a butterfly, all the children have benefited from the changes. Staff has been able to give more individualized attention to the children which has led to more learning experiences and increased self-esteem. In smaller groups, the children have been more cooperative, more verbal, and more responsive to the staff. Negative attention seeking behaviors, such as throwing toys and screaming have decreased. It is clear to see when spending time in any of the fifteen classrooms that they are fun places to be!

“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.” Oprah Winfrey.

Fraser, Ltd. has taken small, yet significant steps to achieve our goal of improving our Child Care Center. “What would be best for the children?” was on our minds when construction planning was taking place. The $300,000 construction goal has almost been met because of the generosity of the Fargo-Moorhead community.

(Editor’s note: The 13th Annual Fraser, Ltd. Festival of Trees is being featured from now through Friday, Dec. 6, at the FARGODOME. The West Fargo Pioneer is involved annually with the event, decorating an artificial tree that will be among the more than 145 on display for the public to view. A special event will be the “Cookies with the Claus Family” celebration scheduled for Friday, Nov. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. This free activity will include photos with the Claus family, Games Galore, Sleigh Rides, a Magician Performance, and more. At the conclusion of the Festival, the decorated trees will be distributed to area families who would not otherwise have a tree for the holidays. Many people will pass through the FARGODOME for various events during this period of time, also allowing those visitors the opportunity to view the trees. Fraser, Ltd. Events such as the Festival of Trees go a long way in helping provide funding for a variety of programs. This story was supplied by Fraser, Ltd. Staff member Kim Zeeb, Special Needs Coordinator, focusing on Fraser Children’s Services, one of the many support and service programs offered by Fraser, Ltd.)