Meet Our Team: Ms. Lynn

Meet Ms. Lynnquoyah (she goes by Ms. Lynn) in the Seedlings II (toddler) room!

ms-lynn-holding-handsHow long have you worked at King’s Daughters? Seven months. I started in the infant room for about four months and I’ve been in the toddler room for about 3 months.

Do you have a favorite age to work with? I love the toddlers. They are interesting and do different things every moment of every day. I mean EVERY moment. The babies are fun too though and so sweet.

What is your favorite time of the day at the center? My favorite time of the day is outside time – for me and for the children. I get to run around and be a kid too. We get to exercise and [I get to] show the kids different things we find in nature outside. I get a lot of bonding time with the kids outside.

What are your favorite things about King’s Daughters? At this center it’s different. They really do care for the families and the staff and they really try to do their best for them. They go the extra mile for children with personal issues to help make it easier. They really care. And, I have the option to bring my children here, which I really like.

Tell us about your children! I have a six year old son and a two year old daughter. And I’m expecting in late April! I’m so excited!

What do you do for fun when you’re not at King’s Daughters? I take my kids to the park, I read, and I love to sing. I love to be around family and get outside for a walk.

 

 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Mr. Ben

King’s Daughters is blessed by many people in our community and we’re delighted to shine the spotlight on the work of our volunteers in this series of posts. We are inspired and incredibly honored to have such a compassionate and enthusiastic team of people who support our efforts and the children we serve!

Mr. Ben Middleton has been serving King’s Daughters in a myriad of ways for almost 20 years. He is a constant support of all of our programs and helps out in any way he can.  We’re so grateful for his dedication to ensuring the center is successful and for his love for our children – and the children love the time with him in the early mornings. As Candyee says, “They love their Mr. Ben!”

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Mr. Ben Middleto

When did you first start volunteering at King’s Daughters? I started volunteering around July 1997.

How did you first find out about the center? I joined the Kiwanis Club of Madison about in 1997.  One of the community service projects for the Kiwanis Club was reading to children at Amqui Elementary School and King’s Daughters. I was one of a number of the Kiwanis members who signed up to read to children.

What different types of roles have you played at the center? I read to children, serve on the board in a number of roles and currently serving as the Chairperson for “strategic planning”.  I have participated in providing gifts for “staff appreciation day” and helped build the playground under the “KABOOM” project. I support in through financial giving and fund raisers.

What are some of your favorite memories at the center?  I really enjoyed the KABOOM project.  We had such a wonderful time working together on project that made the children so happy. This project required the community, King’s Daughters staff, board and other agencies to work together for a common goal.

locc-libraryBreaking ground on the new facility was most enjoyable, but cutting the ribbon for the opening was even better.  Opening day will be a memory I will never forget because the King’s Daughter and Kiwanis Club of Madison honored my work as a volunteer by naming the “reading room” after me.  Words cannot express how I felt to receive such an honor. I am just so grateful to contribute in any way to make a difference in the lives of children and families. (editor’s note: you can see pictures from the LOCC Ribbon Cutting here!)

Are you originally from Nashville? No, I was born in Boston, MA, but we moved to Tucson AZ when I was 9 years old. I completed my undergrad degree at Oakwood University (Huntsville, AL).  Graduated from Alabama A&M University with a Masters in Clinical Psychology.

What is your ‘day job’? I am the Chief Operating Officer for Centerstone.  Centerstone is a Community Mental Health agency.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.  My wife of 36 years is Barbara.  She is a Training Manager for an Insurance Co.  We have two adult children Brandon (actor) and Bryce (Air Traffic Controller). I am 58 years of age (59 later this month!) and I enjoy playing guitar, working in the yard, exercising, carpentry and of course reading to children at King’s Daughters.

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Mr. Ben reading before the sun rises. What a lovely way for our children to start their day at the center!

What draws you to King’s Daughters? What has made you so committed to our center and our children? I feel it is my obligation to serve and give back to community in some way.  However, never in a million years would I have visualized myself reading to children as a community service. Bringing a smile to a child’s face while reading to them touches me in a way I cannot explain.

It is a joy to be connected to King’s Daughters. Serving children is more than a mission. We are an agency with a love for children.

 

Bringing Books to Life

Twice a year, we’re thrilled to invite the Nashville Public Library’s Bringing Books to Life program to the center for our preschool and pre-K children.

Before they visit, Bringing Books to Life provides kits about the featured story as well as the book and CD for our classroom listening centers. The librarian comes a week before to read the story  which helps prepare the children for the puppet show the program brings the next week.miss-emily-reading

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The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney image courtesy of the Nashville Public Library

This month, Librarian Emily came and read several Aesop fables including one of our favorites, The Lion and The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (here’s a YouTube read aloud
with the amazing illustrations!).

The following week, the Bringing Books to Life puppet troupe brought literature-based marionette puppet show, created by Nashville Public Library staff. They use amazing handmade puppets to bring the books Ms. Emily shared with the children to life with music. Watching the children engage in the stories and experience the magic of performance in the center is amazing!

Bringing Books to Life offers many resources for teachers as well as families – check out their page for future workshops and recommended reading! We’re grateful for our partnership with Nashville Public Library and their commitment to sharing and inspiring our children’s love for literacy and imagination.