This week, SPC Early Childhood Education students received backpacks filled with children’s books provided through a generous donation from the Rothman Family Foundation.
The Rothman Family Foundation has supported this Early Education Initiative for the last five years. Improving literacy among the community’s youngest scholars is one of Rothman’s many commitments.
The students in the Early Childhood Education associate and bachelor’s programs are working with young children in our community in early childhood centers, preschools, early intervention programs and Head Start centers. The students expressed appreciation for the materials and also for the recognition of the wonderful work they do with our youngest children and their families.
The Rothman family has also supported St. Petersburg College and our students through scholarships, the 75th Anniversary Capital Campaign, the Health Education Center Capital Campaign, Leepa-Rattner Museum Capital Campaign, Women on the Way, the Gibbs Campus Encore Music Center and the President’s Initiative, just to name a few.
Rothman family members Margie Green and Nancy Wygle attended the event and thanked the students and SPC staff for joining in this initiative to honor the legacy of their parents, Maurice and Thelma Rothman, who were the founders of Kane’s Furniture and devoted both their time, advocacy and philanthropy to children’s causes.
The College of Education takes great pride in our Early Childhood Programs and is extremely grateful for the immense support the Rothman family provides to SPC.
For more information on the Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies with a specialization in Preschool Education, or our associate or certificate programs in Early Childhood, please contact Anne Ryan.