Today I am posting the thank you note that I sent to those who donated to Cherry Preschool in my daughter's memory. I hope that reading the letter gives you a slight indication of who my daughter was and how hard she worked to be in the world. Her positivity and persistence continue to inspire me.
In the below letter I have substituted in the name Constance for my daughter's actual name. The nom de plume is to keep the blog anonymous.
If you are generous too, I invite you to give whatever your budget allows (https://cherrypreschool.org/support/donate-now/).
Thank You for Remembering Constance
Dear [Donor’s Name],
Thank you for honoring the memory of Constance with a charitable donation to Cherry Preschool’s Inclusion Program. Your gift will help them continue their mission of providing children with a disability with access to a high-quality preschool education.
When Constance was 18 months old I attempted to enroll her in a local community nursery school’s 2 hour, twice a week preschool program. After one day with Constance they informed me that she was not capable of learning in a preschool environment. I called all of the local preschools to ask if they took children with different needs. I worked my way all the way from Highland Park to Evanston before I found Cherry Preschool. Cherry’s Child Development/Inclusion Director Rhonda met with Constance and was confident that they could provide her with a wonderful preschool education. She was right. Bea, Martha, Reyna, and her aide Michaela were amazing. They provided all children in their classroom with an exceptional and inclusive education.
Years after Constance graduated from Cherry Preschool I would see Constance standing in line for a slide or interacting appropriately with another child and I would think, “thank God for Cherry Preschool.” Just as critically, Rhonda taught me how to advocate for Constance’s needs and Cherry’s inclusion moms provided me with comradery and encouragement. At this difficult time, I continue to lean on the Cherry community for support. Your donation supports that and the continued inclusion of other children like Constance. Thank you for your generosity.
Thank you again for remembering our beloved Constance.