At Primrose Schools®, caring for others and generosity are at the heart of our mission. That’s why we emphasize giving without expectation in our Balanced Learning® curriculum and through teachers’ daily interactions with children.
We believe that who children become is as important as what they know, so it’s especially gratifying to see the impact Primrose students have on the world, both while they’re in our schools and as they grow up.
Here are a few of our favorite recent stories, from one-on-one kindness to national news-making philanthropy:
- Math whiz multiplies her reach: Since she was 10 years old, Primrose alumna Gabrielle Tobin, now 15, has asked friends and family to skip giving her traditional birthday gifts and instead donate school supplies, cash or gift cards to Lindley 6th Grade Academy, a public school in Mableton, Georgia. In 2021, she teamed up with her former school, Primrose School of Providence Pavilion, to collect enough school supplies for all of Lindley’s students, plus a $500 check to support teachers. Gabrielle’s reach isn’t just monetary, though: When the coronavirus closed schools in 2020, Gabrielle and her friends created a series of math tutoring videos for sixth graders that are free and available to all. The entertaining-yet-informative videos got national attention — including on “Good Morning America” — and won Gabrielle a Gold Award, the most prestigious honor in Girl Scouts.
- Friends supporting friends during a pandemic graduation: Like so many other momentous occasions, the 2021 kindergarten graduation ceremony at Primrose School of East Cobb at Sprayberry was livestreamed on Zoom. The children had practiced their parts and taken their places in the classroom when two students got nervous and started to cry. While teachers comforted them, several other students left their places to bring self-calming sensory tools to the upset children. One child rubbed her friend’s back and then held hands through the rest of the ceremony.
- Selling lemonade to fight childhood cancer: Everybody loves coming across a lemonade stand on a hot summer’s day, so children at two Primrose schools in the Dayton, Ohio, area found a way to sell the sweet treat for a good cause. Preschoolers at Primrose School on Yankee and Primrose School of Centerville raised money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a nonprofit that supports families facing pediatric cancer and funds crucial research.
- Small children, big pile of shoes: Students at Primrose School of Forney at Gateway, in Forney, Texas, celebrated Women’s History Month in March 2021 by collecting 119 pairs of shoes — in just two weeks! — for the nonprofit Soles4Souls, whose worldwide programs help fight poverty and empower women.
- Sharing a love of reading: Families from seven Primrose schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth region of Texas combined forces in March 2021 to donate more than 2,000 books to a local organization that puts on free book fairs for elementary students who don’t have easy access to literature. The effort was part of the Og’s Bountiful Book Drive, in which Primrose schools across the country collect books to make literacy more accessible to all children.
- Turning fun into funds: For Primrose School of Cool Springs in Franklin, Tennessee, an evening of games, prizes and pony rides turned into more than $8,000 raised for charity. The outdoor Spring Fling carnival in May 2021 benefited a local center helping victims of child abuse and the Primrose Schools Children’s Foundation®, which works to provide a brighter future for children who are underserved or in crisis.
- Teeny “essential workers” boost morale: At the start of the pandemic, the Primrose School of Amarillo Southwest in Texas dressed babies, toddlers and preschoolers as doctors, firefighters, police officers and construction workers for a video thanking essential workers for their dedication. At the end of the video, Franchise Owner Nikki Patel reiterated the school’s commitment to taking care of the community’s children during this difficult time.
- Take encouragement, give love: Children at Primrose School at Colorado Station created a Love and Kindness Board for Valentine’s Day 2021. On the left side it read “Take what you need,” with removable messages of love, hope, gratitude and confidence. On the right side of the board it read “Give what you can,” with slips of paper carrying ideas for doing something nice for someone else, such as “Help Mommy and Daddy by picking up all your toys” and “Draw someone in your family a picture.”
We know there are many more stories of Primrose students and alumni showing care and generosity. If you have one, tag us at @PrimroseSchools on Facebook or Instagram.
For more on how Primrose schools teach positive character traits, visit:
- How to Nurture Generosity in Young Children
- Developing Positive Character Traits with Primrose Friends
- How to Raise a Compassionate Child
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