The Central Child Development Center went quackers Wednesday.
The 4-year-old children at the center grabbed anything that said duck. Some carried books over their heads. Others had duck bill hats or posters. Some teachers blew on plastic duck quackers. Other teachers pulled wagons with live ducks.
Parents lined the hallways, snapping pictures as their children marched by.
And the center on West Black Street in Rock Hill did this twice Wednesday, once for the morning students and once for the afternoon students.
The duck parade celebrated the centers Living Things unit where the children learned about ladybugs, butterflies, frogs and ducks.
This is about things growing, changing, said Sarah Lynn Hayes, director of the center.
The center also celebrated growth in different way Wednesday.
The staff held a birthday party as the center celebrated its 10th birthday, as well as earning its advanced education accreditation from the Southern Association of College and Schools.
The staff celebrated by eating cake instead of quacking.
Every school in the Rock Hill district is now accredited, said Harriet Jaworowski, an associate superintendent.
The accreditation, officials said, shows the Central Child Development Center offers quality programs and that consistently meets its goals.
This is all about student performance, said Megan Sexton, a pre-school disabilities teacher who assisted with the accreditation applications.
One of the areas featured in the centers application for accreditation was its use of technology. The school has 50 iPad computers which students use to learn numbers, shapes, letter and other basic education building blocks.
With the computers they dont realize they are learning. They are learning both hands-on and visually, Sexton said.
The school has about 300 students. The students go through a screening process and the center selects the students with the greatest needs. The goal is to have the children ready to learn with other kindergarten students, having them on an equal footing, Hayes said.
You cant have a bad day here, Hayes said. The childrens eyes as so bright with wanderlust. Our job is to keep that inquisitiveness.
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