Grand opening to celebrate new junior Kindergarten in Langley

Langley’s newest all-day pre-Kindergarten is holding a grand opening celebration on Saturday. - submitted photo
Langley’s newest all-day pre-Kindergarten is holding a grand opening celebration on Saturday.
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Langley’s new all-day pre-Kindergarten

CEFA-Willowbrook is getting ready to kick off a grand opening celebration on Saturday.

The fun-filled family event is open to the public and will feature school tours, prizes, face painting, refreshments, colouring contests a visit from Owly, CEFA’s mascot and a chance to save on enrolment fees.

“Everyone who comes will get a special savings that they wouldn’t get if they didn’t register through the grand opening event,” said Brenda Ip, the franchise owner of the new location at 20510 Langley Bypass, that officially opened for business on March 1.

Festivities run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Langley City acting Mayor Ted Schaffer. A special unveiling ceremony of an expansive wall mural depicting the City of Langley “through the eyes of a third-grader’’ will also take place, noted Ip.

“Thirty pieces were submitted to us from Grade 3 students at Blacklock Elementary — we have voted on one that Langley City Councillor and former Arts Council President Rosemary Wallace will paint as a mural on our wall.”

The mural will serve to celebrate both the new school and the City, says Ip.

“We wanted to paint a mural, but not just an ordinary mural — we wanted it to be a contribution to the City of Langley … what the City means through the eyes of children.”

There are currently 16 students enrolled at CEFA-Willowbrook — the school can accommodate 112 at full capacity.

The franchise, which includes 14 locations across the Lower Mainland, was established by Natacha V. Beim in 1998. CEFA’s full-day early learning program is designed for infants and children up to five years old. It has a reputation of highly developing a child’s intellect and delivering the finest start in education, arts and the humanities. The program at CEFA is far beyond the typical child care programs found throughout Canada.

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