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Mokena native dedicates time, skills to local child care center through Ball State program

Grace Pieczynski, a Ball State University sophomore early childhood education major from Mokena, Illinois, is using her skills and knowledge to give back to a day care in need.
Grace Pieczynski, a Ball State University sophomore early childhood education major from Mokena, Illinois, is using her skills and knowledge to give back to a day care in need.

Grace Pieczynski, a Ball State University sophomore early childhood education major from Mokena, is using her skills and knowledge to give back to a day care in need.

Through an immersive learning project offered through Ball State’s Teachers College, “Purple Cow: Moving from Ordinary to Extraordinary Care for Children,” Pieczynski, and 13 other students, have spent the semester working with Kidz Korner in Muncie, Indiana.

“This is a small, locally owned day care center nestled purposefully in a neighborhood in downtown Muncie to serve the community around them – many of which are single-parent homes with multiple children,” Stacey Allred, associate lecturer of elementary education and faculty mentor of the project, said in a news release.

Pieczynski and her team are donating their time and efforts to support the day care in a variety of ways, including volunteering at the facility, and spending time planning and executing monthly parent and family nights where they serve dinner and provide activities for children.

Students also have been providing information for parents to help their child grow socially, emotionally and academically, and they’ve helped the day care connect with various community organizations.

As for her favorite aspect of the project, Pieczynski said she has enjoyed the family nights the most.


 

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