Written By Alexis Cuffee
Behind every great community center, there is a team of staff and community members that keep an organization running. For the month of November, Bellevue Community Center is taking the time to highlight the pieces of our community that mean a lot to us.
For November 2020 we are taking the time to highlight a special Ms. Rita Hitch, for being a catalyst of strength for others in the community center
Ms. Rita has worked at Bellevue Community Center since March 2018. She currently works as the Administrative Assistant for Bellevue but has also shown her skills and talents on the custodial team in prior years. Ms. Rita is such a hard worker and has proven herself essential to our team! Her corporate level organizational skills, eagerness to help, and hard work aren’t her only assets. Her wisdom and her words have comforted many and teased a few. Her joyfulness shines through in her excellent customer service skills and her uncanny ability to make everyone feel important. She is a feisty spirit with a knack for remembering things.
From her attentiveness to detail, to the moments of laughter and love shared so sentimentally that it could bring value to something as simple as a stone. More than just our co-worker but for many of us, our family.
The past few years Ms. Rita has been overcoming health issues, yet she still has done what she could for our team. Showing up with a smile and eagerness to help everyone. It is for this that we recognize her and all her efforts.
For being strong for us, we now extend the hand to you. Ms. Rita, we are grateful for employees like you that give so willingly, and fearlessly.
Thank you, We love you.
Your Bellevue Family
Written by Alexis Cuffee
Officially opening their doors to childcare on June 22nd, Remote Learning started on September 16th at Bellevue Community Center. The center has a total of 9 classrooms - 4 being for school-aged children, and a total of 90 students in total (a decrease from the 140 in previous years to ensure Covid-19 safety). The center is also recognized as a 5 -Star Facility in the Delaware Stars Program by the Delaware Division of Small Business for the implication of several cleaning and health procedures amassed since Covid-19.
“It's not just any one person's job,” says Chrissy Jeffery, Curriculum Coordinator & Summer Camp Director for Bellevue. “Everyone helps and everyone cleans.”
Jeffery, who is not only a part of Bellevue’s Senior Staff but also has a son who attends the Remote Learning Program at the center sees the good of the program from both perspectives.
For her son who has always been an A-B student before Covid-19, she says she doesn’t think that he would have adjusted as easily to remote learning without a place like Bellevue.
“The program gives him a sense of normalcy. He has teachers here to help him get his work done and is also able to work safely around other students that he knows.” For her son in-person learning is ideal but the possibility of him learning at a different school and with unfamiliar teachers was a no-go for both her son and her as a parent.
Bellevue’s model of “Safety First” allowed her son the ability to stay in the classroom with a teacher he was familiar with and his peers from years prior. The sanitation of the building and safety measures put in place reduce the interaction between classrooms and allow her a peace of mind when sending her child to school and many parents feel the same way.
How does Bellevue do it? If you ask Dr. Tennell Brown, Director of Education at Bellevue she will tell you the secret in the sauce is a lot of multitasking and a lot of patience. Serving as a District Child Care Liaison, Dr. Brown spends a lot of time advocating for students and teachers to other boards. She isn't afraid to vocalize areas where remote learning may be too hard, champion for additional cleaning procedures, or act as a middle piece between the county teachers who are teaching through Zoom and the parents who may find this process confusing.
She credits the success of the children in the program to Bellevue teachers and staff having open communication about assignments, classwork and the daily routine of the students. Relationships are maintained among the County Teachers, the boards, the Bellevue Teachers, and the parents. Everyone is involved and communicating and together working for the best interest of the child and their families.