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Voice: An "enriching" experience

May 18, 2001

Seven years ago a much-needed pre-school opened in Brawley that combined traditional and Montessori teaching methods. My oldest son was one of eight children in the school's opening year.

Throughout that first year, the families involved witnessed an exceptional program evolve. Children were learning positive social skills, assertive discipline to correct misbehavior, phonics for reading readiness, hands-on learning, and all in a very loving and caring environment.

The founder of this school, The Enrichment Center, is Deirdre Morgan. During that first year her staff nearly outnumbered the children. Financially, it couldn't have been profitable, but the school continued to make it affordable for all children regardless of their background. The following year, her love for children, the need for a quality pre-school in Brawley and the excellent program she had to offer kept her determined to keep the school open.

Because of its excellence, the school's population has grown to 64 students to date. Yet the staff manages to continue it's teaching with the same personal attention, love and high expectations as they did when they opened with eight children.

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As my youngest daughter graduates this June, I would like to thank the enrichment staff, especially Deirdre Morgan, Magie Garcia, Lynnelle Hite, Bertha Torres and Tess Soriano for the love and guidance you've given our three children. It's the special people, after all is said, who are responsible for a program's success. After seven years it will seem odd not being a part of the Enrichment Center. Yet, the Enrichment Center will always be a part of us.

JULIE STEIMEL

Calipatria

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