Tuesday September 4th marks a new chapter in the story of The Little School. On Tuesday morning, we will welcome children and families to The Little School at Duke. Recognizing a need for quality schooling for their youngest population, Duke partnered with The Little School to serve the children of their staff and faculty.
and visions of beautiful new schools are all fine and well, but once we
wake up, there is work to be done. TLS parent Coby Linton renovated and
re-imagined the former site of The Duke School. Admissions guru Mary
gave tour after tour to prospective families (as well as juggled enough
paperwork to wipe out a small forest). Our owners, HR, and Program
Director carefully curated an
amazing staff, and in turn the teachers spent the past month receiving
Reggio training, CPR & First Aid training (Thanks Sara Houston), and
Conscious Discipline training under the guidance of skilled childcare
professionals. If their head wasn’t spinning enough, the teachers then
lovingly stocked their rooms in preparation for the big day.
It was all so worth it.
Thursday Duke University president Richard H. Brodhead arrived to
officially open the school. With comically large scissors in hand, he
cut the ribbon to our finished dream, our newest baby. It was all very
official, or as official as novelty sized scissors get. He reminded us
all that it is here that a child’s education begins, here that the
foundation is laid for the leaders of tomorrow. He fondly reminisced
that off all his experiences with his own children’s education, their
preschool remains closest to his heart. President Broadhead quipped that
if we are “The Little School”, then perhaps he should change Duke’s
name to “The Big School”. I think our leaders of tomorrow should hold
him to that.
Little School today, Big School tomorrow. Amazing job team. YOU DID IT!