Mid-August means back to school. It’s always a bittersweet time to watch children transition to the next level — that pull between watching them develop and wondering where the years go.
At Mollard Consulting, we value the work of those who make a difference in the lives of children. Our team works with public, private, and charter schools in addition to the many nonprofits who serve the education sector.
As school starts back up, we want to recognize those whose life’s work is the care and education of children — those who make an impact both in the classroom and out, including:
- Libraries – the Columbus Metropolitan Library has an extensive homework help center and is the go-to place for learning, even during the summer.
- After-school programs – Boys and Girls Clubs and other agencies like them are devoted to offering a safe place for kids to go when school is not in session.
- Early learning – getting ready for kindergarten is essential for school success, and the team at Columbus Early Learning Centers is a leader in early childhood development.
- College access – I Know I Can celebrates scholars and supports their future dreams through scholarships.
- Recreation and sports– municipal programs like Columbus Recreation and Parks and nonprofits like the Special Olympics are dedicated to providing safe access to play for all ages and abilities.
- Arts and culture – community-based organizations like the McConnell Arts Center and major institutions like the Columbus Museum of Art allow youth the ability to explore their own creativity.
- Mentoring – Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girls on the Run, and so many other organizations support youth development through the powerful connection of adult volunteers.
- Camps – from programs like YMCA’s Camp Willson to Flying Horse Farms, the power of camp extends well beyond summer.
- Education foundations – our friends at the Upper Arlington Education Foundation partner with teachers and administrators to ensure resources are available.
To all the educators, counselors, specialists, administrators, coaches, support staff, board of education members, and volunteers — we recognize your tireless efforts.
We are grateful for all that you do, especially over the last 18 months. We know this new school year will have even more hurdles as COVID-19 continues to be a public health crisis. We honor your hard work, and we wish you a healthy and successful school year.
Article by: Kerri Laubenthal Mollard, Founder & CEO