Dear Imajine That Community,
Life is a continuum of transformation; to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens. It is with mixed emotions that we share with you, our beloved tribe, that in order to focus on the continued expansion of our Imajine That Public School Partnerships and our Compass Training & Development divisions, we will be closing the doors of the Imajine That Museum and Imajine That University. Our last day at the Imajine That Museum and Imajine That University will be July 29, 2018.
As we finish one chapter another begins. We have realized that we can do many things well, however we want to focus on doing a few things in excellence. We are thrilled to be expanding our Public School Partnerships, starting with KIPP Academy in Lynn & Boston, to continue to provide supplemental education, summer camps and out of school time programming, inclusive of before and after school care and education. We are also in the process of expanding out partnerships by bringing an exciting new project to our afterschool communities with Coach Marvin’s Sports & Leadership Project. The future of our Public School Partnerships is bright and offers many valuable opportunities for staff, students and families.
We are humbled and proud of the adventures shared in serving 100,000+ families, children and educators over the past 13 years. Creating an educational environment to learn, play and engage in has been an honor. Being part of the development of the Riverwalk, a beautiful asset to the greater Merrimack Valley, and part of the Greater Lawrence Community has been our privilege.
Our commitment continues to be one of serving emerging populations to access curious learning and experiences. Our main offices will continue to be located in the Riverwalk in Lawrence, while our Imajine That Public School Partnership and our Compass Training & Development will continue to expand.
We will be working with families in our Imajine That University to continue to ensure that our children have access to excellence in early childhood education. Likewise, we are committed to supporting Imajine That members in locating an indoor community that serves their family. We will also be reaching out to our families that have a party scheduled to ensure that their needs are also met. We are currently in contact with some of our partners that have similar family friendly environments, such as Launch Trampoline Park in Methuen, to offer our members discounted playtime as well as discounted birthday parties.
Our hearts are filled with the love and compassion for the deep relationships shared with so many families, communities and corporate partners since 2005; we know that collaboration is the foundation of creating high and lasting impact for humanity. Focusing on expanding partnerships throughout New England and beyond will be our legacy to all that we have been given in the Greater Lawrence Community.
We especially want to thank our brother and supporter, Sal Lupoli, his family and Riverwalk properties for the continued support of the museum. Sal’s generosity has made it possible to serve this community for so many years. We also want to give a big shout out to the team at WGBH, who have been an amazing partner and supporter of ours, and who we will continue to collaborate with as we move forward with our mission of positively impacting the lives of children, families and educators.
We thank you for being part of our Imajine That Museum and Imajine That University family and for allowing us to be part of yours these last 13 years. We will be announcing a Celebration of Love event to bring all of our families, sponsors and supporters together within the coming weeks and we look forward to seeing you in the schools we serve as well as in our trainings throughout the country.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our VP of Operation, Jessica Brenes at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 781-929-2858.
Susan Leger Ferraro, Founder & CEO
Jessica Brenes, VP of Operations
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- G3 is the Development Partner of Imajine That to support the development of comprehensive trainings to maximize the fullest potential and quality of life of the Imajine That employees, as well as with their partners, children and families. G3's development methodology is grounded in behavioral sciences and economics to ensure that the training leads to higher outcomes in both personal and organizational performance.
- Imajine That offers customized extra curricular activities inside various LPS. These activities are offered to children in Kindergarten-4th grade during the scheduled school hours. All activities reinforce the school culture and academic skills that the students learn during the school day.
- This great partner has come in and sponsored the Whole Foods Play Mart. Our play mart allows children to “go” grocery shopping and pick various healthy nutritious foods and cash out at the cash register. This is a great opportunity for families to practice basic math skills with their little ones. Once a quarter and during special events, you will find a representative from Whole Foods Andover talking to our visitors about healthy eating, shopping on a budget, and even handing out FREE samples!
- This amazing partnership has allowed us to experience many exciting opportunities. We have collaborated with WGBH as their exclusive Development Partner to pilot and launch best practices in children, teacher and family media. We collaborate together on trainings throughout the state to expand award winning training to children, teachers and families internationally. WGBH award winning series “Between the Lions” has sponsored a literacy area for families. Another great WGBH show, Peep and the Big Wide World, has created an exclusive interactive STEM skill based app for children to utilize in the Museum.
- This great partner collaborates with us in many ways. You can find some of their delicious food in our café for lunch. Salvatore’s also donates all the materials needed for our popular “Make your own pizza” workshop. This is a great workshop that is offered to children and families on a daily basis. This workshop not only allows the child to learn how to make a pizza, but also discusses how to make pizza a nutritious option; as well as a great fine motor activity for the children!
- Susan, our Imajine That Founder and CEO, was on the Jumpstart Advisory Board for 8 years. The Jumpstart core members are part of our programs in LPS and BPS offering literacy support to the children twice a week. They work side by side with the students to support the development of language and literacy skills. Imajine That and Jumpstart continue to work together as strategic growth partners throughout the county.
- Imajine That is inside various BPS offering extended learning day programs for children in the K0-2nd grade. These programs integrate BPS curriculum to ensure that all the children are successful and hitting their academic milestones. This programs run inside the schools until 6pm daily to support working families needs.
- This partnership has sponsored a “hospital baby nursery” play area for children. This is a great area for your little one to come in and learn how to take care of potential baby sister or brother! You can teach your little one how to bath a baby, dress them and even buckle them in a car seat. This is a great opportunity to increase the little ones social-emotional skills. Every child will be a father, mother, aunt or uncle one day!
- Our great friends from Lowell General Circle of Health came in and created a child friendly doctors office for children to play in. Your child can come in and get familiar with all those “scary things” found in a doctor’s office. This is a great opportunity to learn and expand ones vocabulary skills. Who doesn’t love to dress up in scrubs and a lab coat?
- Imajine That and Boston Childrens Museum have collaborated together on professional development trainings throughout the state to expand the awareness and knowledge of STEM, The Power of Play and Mind in the Making within the education industry. We have supported BCM in spreading the awareness, knowledge and resources that they provide in Boston to the local community within the Merrimack Valley.
- We have created this partnership to support the learning of technical skills in a playful way for children. Engineering & Programming, Problem Solving and Integration with Arts and Story Telling are the key components to bringing Kibo into our daily programming at our Extended Learning Day Programs in Boston and our Discovery Museum in Lawrence. Children learn by hands on learning, and having the ability to make and program their robot allows children an opportunity to make their ideas physical and tangible.
- This amazing partnership allows Imajine That an opportunity to provide an array of resources to the local communities we serve in Boston and in the Merrimack Valley. First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high quality books, and educational resources available on an ongoing basis. We are collaborating together to host various events, such as "Project Warm” to ensure that children in our local low income communities have equal opportunities as their peers in mid-high income communities.
- This fun and creative partnership allows Imajine That to offer the magical feeling of Indigo Pixies to children's birthday parties by offering a Pixie themed party! Indigo Pixies has asked Imajine That to be one of their vendors to host their retail plush and books. Indigo Pixies also sponsors the Indigo Forest dramatic play station within the Imajine That Discovery Musuem. Children have the ability to dress up, play, and interact with the Indigo Pixies and Forest Friends by utilizing the various interactive materials and costumes housed in this station.
- This collaboration with both the children and families of the community ensure growth, stability and well being of children birth to 3 years. SouthBay Early Childhood screens all children of our Imajine That University Program to ensure our teachers have a strong understanding of each child so they are able to modify and enhance our curriculum to support each child's needs. SouthBay Early Childhood has sponsored our Little Humanville, Infant Toddler Station, within our Discovery museum.
- This great partner Greater Lawrence Community Action Council (GLCAC) leads a weekly Literacy Circle Time at Imajine That. This amazing program not only offers an interactive story time, but various literacy activities for you and your little one to engage in together.
- This amazing partner is offering 3 different 6-week taekwondo series. Students who participate will learn confidence, responsibility, self-control, discipline and much more!
- Thanks to this great partner, Imajine That now offers special character visits to children birthday celebrations. Parents have the option to pick which character they would like to join the birthday celebration. What an amazing way to make a childs birthday even more memorable!