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Education feted at local school

By: Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer
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The children in Folsom are celebrating being young and educated while having a fun at the same time. Brighton Schools in Folsom is celebrating the “Week of the Young Child,” running from April 11 through 17. The week is meant to recognize the needs of young children, and thank the adults involved in their education and care, said Leslie Peacock-Antognini, first-grade teacher at Brighton School. “The most important message is to appreciate our youth, dedicate time to our children, to inspire them to be the best they can be and to most importantly, love our children,” Peacock-Antognini said. She said parents, teachers, caregivers and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children, and this week celebrates their efforts. “We show our support for early learning in our community by promoting early literacy programs, thanking teachers who care for our children, and working to ensure that our public policies support early learning for all young children,” Peacock-Antognini said. Brighton Schools in Folsom has prepared a week full of special educational events and guest speakers. Monday, Folsom Mayor Andy Morin delivered a public proclamation to kick off the week. “With our current city council, we want to do everything we can to support the public and private school systems here in Folsom,” Morin said. “The school education is so important to us.” Also on Monday, a local band "Island of Black and White" played live music while the young students danced along. “This is pretty cool that the mayor came out and we have a band,” said Brighton fifth-grader Sierra Wineland, 11. “It’s neat that we have a whole week dedicated to children.” This week’s activities include Tuesday story time, Wednesday garden day, Thursday live theater day and a book fair on Friday. “We are all about kids here, so we are about making school fun,” said Mary Romero, the director of Brighton Schools in Folsom. “We want to build the self-esteem of kids and brighten their education. This event highlights what childhood is all about.” For more information on Brighton Schools in Folsom, visit brightonschools.com/contact_priv_schools.php.