The teacher of the week is Sally Aldridge. Sally is an absolutely wonderful caregiver to all our babies and toddlers at Ellenton United Methodist Preschool. I have been told she has worked in daycare for almost 30 years. Now that's what I call true dedication.
I have never worked alongside Sally, but as a VPK teacher, I am always observing my children and I tend to take the observing aspect beyond my classroom.
What I have observed about Sally is her tender, gentle and loving mannerisms she has with the little ones.
The "perfect recipe" to nourish each of them and soothe all their little fears. I have watched her rock the babies so close to her heart, you can actually feel the love in the room.
I have been told that some of our families have tried to hire her as their own personal caregiver and I can understand why, because if I had a little grandbaby that needed to be cared for, I would want her "perfect recipe" for my child. It would make me feel so at ease and so blessed to have Sally caring for my little one.
Sally, thanks for all the love and care that you give to our children.
You are truly an inspiration to me. It is crystal clear that God love shines through you.
May the Lord continue to always bless you.
-- Lori Morrissey, Bradenton
Privateers thank community for support
The Anna Maria Island Privateers wish to express a huge thank you to the community for their love and support during our first Anna Maria Island Pirate Invasion which happened Nov. 1-3 at Coquina Beach. "The event was a huge success and we learned many lessons," said event co-chairperson Tim "Hammer" Thompson. "We are already planning for next year's Invasion and with the lessons we learned we know it will be an even bigger success next year."
Watch for announcements about how to get involved and be a part of this event next year.
And once again, to the community we love, thank you.
-- The Krewe of the Anna Maria Island Privateers
Public Works lauded for maintenance
I want to thank the field maintenance division of the county's Public Works department, along with the road crew of the Manatee Sheriff's office, for keeping the sidewalk between Palma Sola Village and Cypress Winds apartments in great shape. These workers have done a great job trimming, edging, mowing and cleaning up the area, making it safe for school children and attractive to nearby residents. Thank you so much.
-- Linda Kinnan, Bradenton
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