Haynes Early Education Center, Roxbury
The Haynes Early Education Center (EEC) is a Boston Public School that provides a comprehensive approach to early childhood education and care. They provide full day K0, K1, K2 and 1st grade classrooms. Many of their classrooms are fully integrated to accommodate children with special needs. They also have sheltered immersion classrooms for children who do not speak English at home.
As the Boston Public Schools district focuses on equitable literacy and cultivating the genius of its students, Storytime Crafts and its sponsors are doing their parts. Books everywhere, for every subject and occasion. We have established a new partnership with Storytime Crafts and what a blessing they have been since this past spring. This partnership is significant and aligns with the Haynes Early Education Center “Our mission, as ‘The Second Happiest Place on Earth’ is to partner with families and communities to develop the essential skills children will need to achieve success and excellence in our global society.”
Lisa Vergara and her husband David came with little library in hand, tools, and drill, and most importantly books. Some books were given by ReadBoston as well. Our students had the opportunity to witness the installation of the little library. They were immediately drawn to the books and storytime took place in that very moment. This was great to witness and exemplified a partnership that is aligned with our vision (The Haynes is to be a benchmark of Excellence in Early Childhood Education).
This partnership will impact the lives of the students and families of the Haynes forever. Each time there is a delivery of books, there is a variety and the quality of the books are rich and exceed our expectations. The titles span literacy genres and range from picture books to chapter books including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Where the Wild Things Are, Fancy Nancy, Hair Love, Zaria’s Wash Day, and Frog and Toad. Our students love the books and love to receive them!
We requested a crafted story chair with the book, The Little Engine That Could and received the chair and a variety of books of the same title. This book is significant as we have a copy in every classroom. We feel that every student must know that they have the potential to be great and to be anything that they want to be. The chair is a special chair that is placed in our library for special readings.
We also installed the Little Free Library in our school yard that is used by our students and the neighborhood community. We have shared more than 100 books since its installation. During the school day students are checking it out and when we let them know (again and again) that they can keep the books, they are surprised every time. This has been a great investment. Our sponsor Eileen Rakhunov, Director/Owner of A to Z Child Care and Preschool in Needham also attended the installation and another new relationship has been born. We are excited about these new partnerships and the lifelong benefits that our school community will receive as a result of Storytime Crafts generosity.
-- Donette Wilson, Principal, The Rev. Dr. Michael E. Haynes Early Education Center, Roxbury, MA