Foundation Helps Magic Moments

A former Frazee Elementary School teacher returned home Friday to present the staff of Magic Moments Preschool new and reinforced ideas as they prepare for the new school year.

Jim McMillan left the classroom about eight years ago and serves as Curriculum and Instruction vice president for Connecting Learning Assures Successful Students of Carmel, and often gives training sessions in the state as well as across the U.S. and six countries.

The Fayette County Foundation presented the school with a grant as part of its early education initiative and one of the endowments is designated for early childhood, said Katherine Good, Foundation program officer.

“We talked about using that fund for staff development so we contacted the early childhood center in town and were able to work with Magic Moments. We had talked about someone that would be free but we wanted someone of Jim’s caliber to come in and help boost everybody.”

“We’ll talk about the brain, best practices in education, pre-reading skills and how to work together with parents,” he said. “We encourage them to use all their brain tools. C.L.A.S.S. does research on best practices, brain research, literacy, behavior,

Alisha Montgomery of Magic Moments said the program presented brought out new ideas that had come from C.L.A.S.S. as well as reinforcing subject matters the staff already knew but in a new way.

She said there are a few remaining spots in the 4- and 5-year-old class for the new school year.

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