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2501 South 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62704
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Horace Mann Award Winners

3 days ago Horace Mann recognized two outstanding ELC staff members at a recent faculty meeting. Betsy Fuhrmann was given the Chrystal Apple Award and Deb Pierson was given the Mugs and Kisses Award.
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3 days ago Big Truck Day is an annual family celebration at the ELC. Students and their families are invited to view, tour, and test out the horns on trucks from the Springfield community. Community workers engage students in conversations about the work they do in support of our town.
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Parent University

May 13, 2019 The last  ELC Parent University was held on Thursday, May 9. Families were able to have their questions about moving on the kindergarten answered by the experts: kindergarten teachers and principals! Thank you to all of the families that were in attendance and especially our experts that...
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Trackless Train and Petting Zoo

May 13, 2019 The students of the ELC had a very special day on Friday, May 10. Miller's petting zoo from Geneseo, IL brought animals for our students to explore. The extra large rabbit and baby pigs were crowd favorites! After a trip through the mini-barn students enjoyed a ride on Mr.
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2019 Horace Mann Rising Star Recipient

May 7, 2019 Congratulations to Mrs. Janette Smith! She was recognized and honored as a Rising Star recipient at the 2019 Horace Mann Educator of the Year luncheon.
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ELC Volunteer Luncheon

May 2, 2019 On Tuesday, April 30 the ELC held the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Volunteers provide countless hours of support to the children and staff of the ELC each year.
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ELC Parade Day!

Apr 15, 2019 On Friday the students at the ELC paraded in front of the building as a grand finale to Week of the Young Child. Students played musical instruments, waved flags, and marched along to music. It was a chilly but beautifully sunny day. Thank you to all of the families that were able to attend! 
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WOTYC: Wacky Wednesday

Apr 15, 2019 Students at the ELC celebrated Week of the Young child with wacky clothes and wacky hair. Students wore mismatched, backwards, and funky colors on Wednesday. Many showed their spirit with crazy hairstyles and colors. Some friends made a wacky face to share!
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