ELC Playground Gets a Spring Makeover
Spring brings a fresh perspective – a time for renewal – a time for something new. Flowers are blooming. The breeze is gentle and inviting. Spending time outdoors is refreshing and enjoyable (minus the pollen and the occasional torrential downpour). After last year’s flooding damage from Hurricane Sally and the upheaval of educating and caring for little ones throughout the height of the covid pandemic, life at the Ministry Village Early Learning Center is beginning to get back to normal. Thanks to the hard work of Mr. Hall at Hall’s Lawn and Landscape, the ELC was able to kickoff spring with a renovated playground that has kids, teachers and parents smiling from ear to ear!
The ELC’s playground was designed to give the children plenty of space to run, play, enjoy the fresh air, and continue their learning in outdoor play centers that encourage imagination and activity. However, under the relaxing and welcome shade of the many oak trees, the grass struggled to take hold. And after the MANY 2020 rainstorms and the water destruction of Hurricane Sally, the wood chips were washing away, turning the playground into more of a dustbowl. While the kids loved playing in the dirt (KIDS + DIRT = AwEsOmE fUn TiMe), parents and teachers were less than excited with the need to deep-clean clothes, toys and the ELC floors every day. But, as always, God provides – even for a playground. Once Hurricane Sally repairs were complete, the ELC began planning the playground renovation.
In mid-April, after dodging more thunderstorms and waiting out some cloudy days, Mr. Hall from Hall’s Lawn and Landscape began removing the existing ground cover, and preparing the area for the installation of astroturf. After just a few days, the new playground was ready for running, jumping, skipping and cartwheeling. “We’re so excited to have a fresh space for our children to safely play,” said Kristi Zagar, Director of the ELC. “This playground will be much gentler to the kids, toys and clothing, and give the teachers an opportunity to focus more on playing and learning and less on cleaning.”
Thank you to Hall’s Lawn and Landscape for their hard work, and thank you to our parents and ELC families for your patience during the renovation! We love to see all of the smiling, happy faces in our fresh space!
🍎 Situated on the campus of Olive Baptist Church, the Ministry Village Early Learning Center (ELC) is conveniently located near the corner of Davis Highway and Olive Road. Each of the 11 classrooms within the nearly 9,500 square-foot building was designed to accommodate the specific needs of a particular age and stage of development, with in-room handwashing stations and in-room private bathroom facilities — complete with child-size toilets and sinks — to make it easy for children to learn independence.
📚 The Ministry Village Early Learning Center is licensed under the Department of Children and Families (DCF License #C01ES0341) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI #648587) and is an approved provider for Florida’s free 4-year-old Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK).
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🍏 Registration is open now for the 2021/2022 School Year, and VPK is FREE! Visit the ELC’s website for more information, or call (850) 378-8044.
Ministry Village Early Learning Center
1724 E. Olive Road, Pensacola, FL 32514