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31 Years of Miracles It’s 1987, and Shelby Presley is bringing her 6-week old daughter, Emily, home from the hospital in Little Rock. It’s been a difficult six weeks. Emily has serious brain damage, and doctors don’t give a very hopeful outlook for her future. “They told us to just take her home, love her, and don’t expect much,” recalls Shelby, now sitting in the lobby of Sunshine School & Development Center. They predicted she would never walk, talk, or be able to see. Just two weeks later, Linda Steadman, a Physical Therapist with Sunshine School, came to their house to start in-home therapy with baby Emily. Shelby looks back on those first weeks at home and says, “Sunshine School came to
Celebrating Our Recent Graduates As the leaves change and the temperature gets ever so slightly cooler, we are adjusting to changes in enrollment at Sunshine School. Over the last couple of months, we celebrated 62 children graduating from our preschool and advancing to Kindergarten! We certainly miss each and every one of their smiling faces, but we are so excited about their progress and continue to cheer them on as they adapt and thrive at their new schools. As we watch these children step into their futures, we welcome new children into or Arkansas Better Chance classrooms for the new school year and look forward to meeting the families that will enroll in the coming months and become pa
Spotlighting Excellence & Commitment We want to thank those on our staff celebrating milestone anniversaries and awards this quarter! Thank you for your dedication to the families and individuals of Sunshine School & Development Center! Anniversaries Denise Davis -15 years Yordin Pineda - 16 years Kim Olson - 17 years Jill Kleinebreil - 25 years Kathy Blevins - 27 years Lou Jasper - 27 years Dott Webb - 56 years Quarterly Staff Awards Dignity and Respect – Kim Scott Pursuit of Excellence – LeNita Atkins Integrity – Gipsye Robinson Innovation – Elizabeth Duncan Our Values Respect the dignity of every individual. Pursue excellence in all that we do. Exhibit integrity through transparency and h
Honoring the partners that make this possible Sunshine School is always grateful for community partners and organizations who help us meet the needs of our center. We love when groups decide to make an impact with us! We want to say thank you to the groups that have come the past few months. This quarter, we had volunteers from Walmart, Wrigley Mars, Kids II, Grand Savings Bank, One Life Events, Acosta, and Outdoor Cap. These groups help to keep our facilities clean, our buses washed, our kitchen sparkling, and anything else we ask! Thank you for making a difference in the Northwest Arkansas community! Sunshine School is fortunate to operate in such a generous community and we are grateful f
Where were you 60 years ago? If you have any memory from 1958, you might recall it’s the year the hula hoop was invented, or the year NASA was formed. You might fondly recall the year when the average cost of a new house was $12,750 and a gallon of gas cost 25 cents. The Clardys and Brileys might look back at 1958 and remember that their children didn’t have a place to learn. One child with Down Syndrome and the other with a severe brain injury resulting in developmental delays couldn’t go to school with their siblings and peers. There were no special education programs in public schools. Children and adults with disabilities faced a very different life in 1958. It wasn’t until 1975 that the