According to Educational First Steps Board Member and Chief Secret Santa Coordinator Jennifer Mosle,
“Everyone likes a Secret Santa! Educational First Steps does the extraordinary: transforming low income childcare centers in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods into nationally accredited early learning centers that serve thousands of children in North Texas. Our ‘one wish’ for this holiday season is to help grant a Secret Santa wish for each of the centers that have worked over a three-year period to reach national accreditation – that would be 53 wishes!
“You see, these centers are so financially strapped they can’t afford vans to transport the children, shade structures for the playground, playground equipment, or even that new stove for the kitchen where they cook up to three meals a day for the children in their care while their parents work.
“We hope you will decide to be an Educational First Steps Secret Santa and grant a wish for one of our deserving accredited centers.
“Wishes are available in three Secret Santa levels:
- “$5,000 – will get a Gold Star on our Holiday Tree and 10 books donated to the center in your name
- “$2,500 – will get a Silver Star on our Holiday Tree and 8 books donated to the center in your name.
- “$1,000 – will get a White Star on our Holiday Tree and 5 books donated to the center in your name
“Monetary or in-kind gifts like those mentioned above will make a lasting, meaningful gift to these centers that will allow them to create safe and nurturing learning environments for generations of children.
“To become a Secret Santa for Educational First Steps, simply visit www.educationalfirststeps.org or contact Educational First Steps Senior Development Director Judy Schecter at 214.824.7940. Thank you!”
-By Jennifer Mosle, Educational First Steps Board Member and Chief Secret Santa Coordinator
* Photo provided by Educational First Steps