Mary Bethune Academy-About Us

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<ul><li><p>Bethune Nursery School, Inc.72 Years of Progress</p><p> 1936 - 2010Mary Bethune Academyformerly</p></li><li><p>Mary McLeod Bethuneour namesake July 10, 1875 - May 18, 1955 </p></li><li><p>Born into poverty, the fifteenth of seventeen children,in Mayesville, SC </p></li><li><p>"I had no furniture. I begged dry goods boxes and made benches and stools; begged a basin and other things I needed and in 1904 five little girls here started school." - Mary McLeod Bethune Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School now Bethune-Cookman College </p></li><li><p>Her Accomplishments Were ManyFounded Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, FloridaFounded the National Council of Negro Women Advisor on African American affairs to four presidents </p></li><li><p>Director of the Division of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration, appointed by President RooseveltShe was the first African American woman to hold so high an office in the federal governmentA 17 foot bronze statue of Mary McLeod Bethune resides in Lincoln Park, Washington D.C.</p></li><li><p>Lincoln Park, Washington D.C.</p></li><li><p>The BeginningThe first child care center in Lynchburg. In February, 1936 the Work Progress Administration ("WPA") opened Bethune Nursery School at 15th &amp; Floyd Streets.In March, 1943, the WPA officially withdrew from the project.The Community Chest funded Bethune with $1,344.20 in 1943. </p></li><li><p>The JourneyIn September, 1953 Bethune Nursery School relocated to the former South Lynchburg Public School Building at 2249 Halifax Street, where we are today.We target children from low-income, at-risk environments.In 1996 a severe storm swept through Lynchburg causing a vast amount of damage to this building. Like Mary Bethune, we have struggled over the years.And, like Mrs. Bethune we also have persevered. </p></li><li><p>As We GrowWe are a UNITED WAY of CENTRAL VIRGINIA partner agency.We are a Certified Success by Six program.We have grown and improved our facilities.We have a history of accomplishment.We are respected in the community.We have staff longevity.We are licensed by the State of Virginia.</p></li><li><p>There are surface nuggets to be gathered but the best of the gold is underneath, and it takes time and labor to secure it. - Mary McLeod Bethune</p></li><li><p>A more inviting and secure entrance to MBARemodel Phase 1 2007</p></li><li><p>Our outside Classroom.. </p></li><li><p>Where we play..and laugh</p></li><li><p>..and learn.</p></li><li><p>We Provide Transportation,but we have improved</p></li><li><p>Lots of improvements in 2007</p></li><li><p>Off Street parkingfor the bus</p></li><li><p>Child safety and efficiency has improved Transport trips have been decreased Staff time is now better utilized Transportation costs have improved Field trips are better organized High visibility in the community</p></li><li><p>Precious Cargo isa little safer</p></li><li><p>As We Move Forward We have made more changes, and more are yet to come. </p><p> . . Like our identity</p><p> ARE YOU READY?</p></li><li><p>Our</p></li><li><p>New Heating &amp; Cooling SystemCurrently being installed by the city with grant funds secured by MBAMore efficient:- eliminate oil bills- reduced electricity consumption- better comfort zone per classroom</p></li><li><p>Remodeling of office &amp; kitchen</p></li><li><p>From outdated to efficient</p></li><li><p>NEW! Spring, 2009</p><p>- Increased enrollment- Accommodate families w/younger children- Expand our services</p></li><li><p>AND.</p><p>School Age Care for Kids-Summer FunField Trips, Friends, Tutoring,Hands on learning-Before/After Care-Holiday/School ClosingsA safe, nurturing and entertaining environment when school is out.</p></li><li><p>Who is Invested?The dedicated staff is invested.Their years of service show it.The United Way of Central Virginia is invested.Our Board of Directors is invested.And we ask that you consider investing some of your time and leadership ability.</p></li><li><p>NOW WE ASK YOU. Who is all of this for ? Mary Bethune once said</p><p> "Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it may be a diamond in the rough." </p></li><li><p> Our children are. </p><p> Our diamonds in the rough..</p></li><li><p>THE CHILDREN</p></li><li><p> THE CHILDREN</p></li><li><p> Thank you</p><p> for your time and interest in our MBA family</p></li><li><p> Visit us on the WORLD WIDE WEB</p><p></p></li></ul>


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