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I CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, November 12, 2015 NEWS ela' rnin emy downtown Medical Lake learning center also changes its name, holds open house Saturday, Nov. 14 By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cela's Creative Learning Center in Medical Lake is inviting the public to an open house this Saturday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. to help them celebrate a couple of changes. The first is a name change. The center, which has been in Medical Lake for over eight years, is now Cela's Creative Learn- ing Academy. Academy owner Maricela Lindsey said there was nothing specific that came with the name change other than better reflecting the learning environment tak- ing place. "We want (our) teachers to be viewed as professionals " she said. "Learning center is not a bad name. We just want to make it more professional." The second and more important change for the academy is in a new and much larger location in downtown Medi- cal Lake. Cela's is now in the former site of LindaBee's Diner on the northwest corner of Lefevre and Lake streets, occupying the entire building. The move, which was completed in time for the academy to open in September, allows Cela's to offer more and expanded programs. Currently the academy provides learning for infants and "waddlers," ages 12 -- 18 months, toddlers, ages 18 - 36 months, preschool, pre-kindergarten and before and/or after Photo by John McCallum From left to right, teaching assistant Helena Weakley, Cela's Creative Learning Academy owner Maricela Lindsey, program supervisor Sharon Enright and teach- ing assistant Bekah Lindsey. school for school age children ages 5 - 13 developing fine and large motor dexter- years old. ity, cognitive abilities and socialization "A lot of them are 'and,'" Sharonskills. This continues through preschool, Enright, academy program supervisor, centering on teaching the children in- said of the students coming before and dependence and self-reliance in doing staying after school, normal daily tasks along with continuing Cela's has 19 teachers, which includes to develop learning capabilities. several part-time Eastern Washington In pre-kindergarten, the students University students working towards begin to learn their ABCs and numbers, degrees in early childhood education, discovering not only how to count from 1 along with a couple Medical Lake High - 20, but what the concept of that number School students involved in a work-study means in physical terms. Lindsey said experience. They maintain a 10:1 student- they consult with local elementary school teacher ratio with the exception of the in- teachers to make sure their instruction fants' classroom where a 3:1 ratio is used, dovetails with what students willbe expe- better than the state required 4:1. riencing when they reach kindergarten. For the waddlers/infants and tad- "They let us know what they want dlers, instruction at Cela's is centered on the children to know before they enter kindergarten," she said. Going along with the motor, cognitive and socialization skills is instruction in STEM, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. There's also instmctionin the arts, which essentially turns what Cela's is teaching into "STEAM," Hndsey said. "We want to give them knowledge," Lindsey said. "There is more than meets the eye in certain careers." Enright said each classroom is set up with specific purposes, and all incorporate areas for science, arts, a library, motor and manipulation skills and other needs. "Each according to the age it's set up for," Enright said. The academy even has a commercial kitchen; capitalizing on the fact a portion of it was a diner. The meals incorporate U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition standards, are made from scratch and served "family style." Lindsey said they determine if students have food allergies, and if so, do not use anything incorporat- ing those ingredients. Another benefit from moving to a larg- er location is the addition of an expanded playground. Facility supervisor Ed Mercer said they need 75 square feet of play area per child, and with 5,400 square feet at the new location, are in good shape. "We have more than enough area here for children and we wanted it that way," he said. Space at Cela's is available, but in demandl Lindsey declined to discuss tu- ition at the academy, noting it is likely to go up in December, but adding there are multiple avenues for assistance. "A lot of kids love it here, and don't want to go home sometimes," she said. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. FROM STAFF AND NEWS SOURCES Operation Christmas Child Cheney times in Cheney are Nov. 16 - 20 from noon - 2:30 p.m., Nov. 21 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Nov. 22 noon - 3 p.m. and Nov. 23 8 - 9 a.m. Airway Heights' drop off opens man arrested Beginning Monday, iNov. t6, ~eney, Medical after high- Lake, Airway Heights and De other West Plains area resi-S__ ed chase dents who are taking part An Airway Heights in the annual Operation man was arrested Nov. 3 Christmas Child program after an attempted robbery will have a place to drop led to a high-speed chase off gift-filled shoeboxes to ending in a three-car colli- children worldwide, sion in Spokane. 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