Everyone who has stepped into a teacher roll this past year - thank you.

The 2020/21 school year looks like nothing we've ever seen before. And yet teachers are still going above and beyond giving their kids an incredible school experience. Whether that be from the classroom, e-learning, or at-home school set ups.

This week we get to highlight Grandma Julie who runs Grandma Julie's Home Daycare in Belvidere. Grandma Julie was nominated by parent Vanessa Ortiz and the nomination letter reads -

When Covid started last year, we didn’t yet know how or if this would affect our eager 4 year olds who were anticipating going off to preschool.  In the fall when they announced our district would be totally remote, Ms. Julie without hesitation, announced that she could try and give our kiddos a preschool experience.  She totally remodeled her basement for the 4 year olds to have a place to "have school" and even went above and beyond by ordering the three 4 year old girls their own tablets and headsets.  She did this out of the love she has for our kids and over the past few months I have seen my daughter learn to write her name, recognize letters of the alphabet, and learn to cut with scissors, and read and write her numbers.

All of this could not have been possible without Ms. Julie's love for her Daycare kiddos.  She also had them make Halloween and Christmas cards for our local nursing home. She deserves the ultimate recognition for all that she does.  We appreciate her more than she knows.

Vanessa wasn't kidding. After a short phone call we could tell just how amazing Grandma Julie is at running this daycare during a pandemic. And then it got even better when Grandma Julie emailed us these pictures!

Thank YOU Grandma Julie! You're so very welcome for your delicious cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes and your beautiful floral arrangement from Broadway Florist. 

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