HII Scholarship Fund: Early Childhood Education Recipients 2019

HII Scholarship Fund: Early Childhood Education Recipients 2019


Your brain makes a million connections a minute
when you’re a kid. And every one of those connections will become
part of the foundation for your ability to learn later in life. It’s important for Kennedy to begin her
educational development as early as possible because it provides a foundation that she’ll
build upon from now until she’s done with her education and even through her career. The more words they’re exposed to before
they’re five years old – vocabulary, words, interactions, puzzles, all of that – has
an outsized impact on how the rest of your life might go. With our older children we’ve seen that
early foundation really helped them not only prepare for the academic rigor, but also the
socialization that happens in school, so that when they got to kindergarten and first grade,
they weren’t spending so much time getting used to routines, but they were able to really
engage with academics and their teachers and be ready to go. At HII, we’ve chosen to step in and say:
What we’re going to work on is access. We’re going to try to provide more access
for children of our employees to get that better start. Jordon is going to school this year. The scholarship is giving me an opportunity
to send my child to pre-K for the first time. We were actually on the fence on whether or
not we were going to send Skyla to pre-K this year, but with us getting the scholarship
from Ingalls, we are able to send her to pre-K now this year. So the scholarship’s definitely going to
benefit us. It’s going to make things easier, obviously,
and give us more opportunities to use that money in other places. It helps our family a whole lot. Financially, it helps us quite a bit. Just for her to have an early start in education,
making new friends at an early age with other kids it’s quite helpful. I do believe that when it comes to workforce
development, no matter what your horizon is or what your need is, you will get out of
a workforce development pipeline what you put into it. Since our horizon is so long, we can reach
all the way back to when you’re two or three years old. And I think we have a responsibility to do
that. Thank you Huntington Ingalls and Mike Petters
for the scholarship opportunity for my son Jordan Jackson. What it’s been able to give to our family
financially, and Peter, we’ll never be able to repay. And we just want to say thank you. Access gives people with potential the opportunity
to achieve that potential. That’s really what our scholarship program
is all about. That’s the reason why access is so important
and that’s why I’m really proud that we’re able to invest in that.

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