When we sit back and think of all of the people who have made a positive impact in the lives of our preschool students over the years, we have A LOT to be grateful for!
And now we can add 13 new people to that list!
Somewhere around 3pm yesterday 10 volunteers, 2 pitchers, and a mascot from the Boston Red Sox all showed up at one of our preschools in Fort Myers, FL to spend time with our students. How AWESOME is that?!
And no…they didn’t fly down from Boston just to be with us. Their spring training camp is here in Fort Myers, Florida and their games are played at Fenway South, also known as JetBlue Park, from late February through the month of March.
While the team isn’t busy doing what they do best, playing baseball, they frequently reach out to the community that supports them and fortunately our students were able to spend some quality time with them.
First, Wally the Green Monster (the Redsox mascot), made the rounds of each classroom and depending on the child, either gave them a huge smile from ear to ear OR terrified them. LOL He certainly didn’t mean to scare some of them. Sometimes preschoolers just get a little scared of large, unfamiliar objects.
Wally gave out lots of hugs and even played bouncy-ball with one of our students. He was a HUGE crowd pleaser!
While Wally was busy taking photos and playing with the children inside, the volunteers were outside re-planting the butterfly garden. An old proverb says “Many hands make light work” and that’s exactly what happened because within 30 – 45 minutes:
- Most of the dead leaves were raked up and bagged
- Tree branches were pruned
- Dead plants were replaced with new plants
- Flowers were added to the garden to attract butterflies
- New mulch was placed in the garden
Here are some before and after photos:
Once the butterfly garden was complete, then the fun started to happen!