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CECI announces cancellation of annual festival

By Staff | Apr 1, 2020

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In spring, the natural world begins its shift in growing and blooming; birds are migrating and seeds are sprouting. With spring comes the idea of new beginnings and hope; hope for change and something new. For the Children’s Education Center of the Islands, this mindset holds true.

In the last few months, the center has had many opportunities for change and regrowth. With the support of many local business, political, and family members, the CECI has flourished and grown. Yet, with its internal evolvement, like everyone else at this time, it was faced with a hard decision.

After much deliberation, the CECI has canceled its 46th annual Spring Festival, which was to be held on April 11 at the Sanibel Community Park. The festival has been an island tradition for over 45 years. It raises funds for the CECI’s scholarship funds and summer camp. The center was hoping to raise at least $20,000 this year.

“Just as we trudged through the last few months; we will do the same in this situation, as well,” Executive Director Kerra Pike said. “As a school, one of the topics that we assess our children on is ‘grit.’ I have to say, our CECI community has fostered our sense of ‘grit’ and the feelings of being comfortable in uneasy situations.”

“We are courageous. We are resilient. We persevere. We are optimistic. And we will once again, rejoin back together better than before,” she added.

The CECI extended a big thank you to Adventures in Paradise, Barefoot Charley’s Painting, Tim M. Verwest and The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company for their generous sponsorships.

For more information, call 239-472-4538 or www.childrenseducationcenter.com.

The Children’s Education Center of the Islands is at 350 Casa Ybel Road, Sanibel.