Photo of the Month
 
 
The Family Support Network's annual Breakfast with Santa celebrated another successful year, with close to 250 families participating in the a special morning of breakfast and fun, just for them. This year's winter wonderland theme melted our hearts and we are thankful to all of the volunteers ane friends who make the event possible. Special thanks to the Methodist Women's Club and the Knights of Columbus for their continued support.  Check out a special event video HERE!
Congratulations, Shana!
 
 
Congratulations to our Director of Develpment & Marketing, Shana Heilbron, for being named to the 2020 Triad Business Journal's List of "40 Under 40."
 
Looking for NICU Partners!
 
 
The Family Support Network is looking for volunteers and partners for our 2020 "Chat & Snack" program, based in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) at both Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist Health. Our partners help in organizing and serving dinner to families who currently have children in the NICU. Please contact Chris Gentry at chrisfsn@thecfec.org for mor information. 
CFEC Wish List for 2019 - 2020
 
 
Please take a moment and check out our new AmazonSmile Wish List! We are so grateful to individuals, families and companies who choose to support our classrooms and programs buy purchasing items from our list. If you have any questions, please contact Shana Heilbron at shana@thecfec.org or 336-727-2440.
Celebrating the Season at The CFEC
 
 
Most families have holiday traditions, regardless of what holiday you are celebrating. At The CFEC we think of ourselves as one big family, and look forward to our traditions during the holiday season, each which has a strong place in our hearts. Holiday traditions become an essential aspect of how we celebrate, and there is a reason why we keep them as a part of our lives for so long.
 
This year - in partnership with our WSFCS partner schools, The Children's Center and The Special Children's School - we kicked off  the holiday season with our annual concert, sponsored by the Winston Salem Regional Association of Realtors. Friends and family from The Children's Center gathered at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and enjoyed singing and wheelchair dancing from our preschool and school age students.
 
Later in the month, our staff and students welcomed the team from Belk Winston-Salem for the 33rd year to a special music celebration which culminated in a visit from Belkie Bear and his elves. As the song “It Must Be Belkie” (to the tune of “It Must Be Santa”) rang out, the Belk team circled the room, handing every child a 2019 Belkie Bear of their own. The following week, during a spirited holiday sing-a-long, Santa visited The Special Children's School (on behalf of Belk) and made sure all students there also had a Belkie Bear of their own. 
 
During the last week of school, we took a short stroll to visit our neighbors at Graylyn for a few holiday songs and special reading of “Twas The Night Before Christmas.” As the book was ending we heard bells from a distance… and then all of a sudden, Santa Claus appeared. Our preschool and school age students all had the chance to get a holiday hug and each were treated to a stuffed “Santa Sloth.” 
 
Finally, volunteers from Learfield/IMG College, Pinnacle Financial Partners, WestRock and Vela Agency volunteered their time to assist in gingerbread building with students at both schools. 
 
“We hold onto holiday traditions because they add meaning to our celebrations, and help bond us to those we love,” shared Meredith Flowe, CFEC's Executive Director. “We are grateful to have such fabulous community partners who look forward to spending this special time with our students, year after year.” 
 
Check out all of the holiday season photos, on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfTheCFEC/
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