Patty’s Amazing Journey
“She was so well prepared for kindergarten,” Jacque Aragon says of her daughter Patty Black. “Patty is articulate and smart and Seeds of Learning helped her develop what she already was. Her social and emotional skills have blossomed.”
Jacque is not just a typical mother gushing about her child. She is a well-respected member of the community. The daughter of Mayor Ross Aragon, and owner of a local agency Ad Works, Jacque grew up in Pagosa. In fact, the day she took her daughter for her first day of kindergarten a flood of memories returned.
“I remember my mom walking me to my first day of kindergarten and seeing my shadow – me and my pigtails. Patty is in the same classroom I had when I started school,” Jacque says. Patty is named after her grandmother, who passed away before she was born.
What most impresses Jacque is the way Patty has learned to handle conflict. “At Seeds Patty learned to communicate. She says to others; ‘I don’t care for it when you say that. Please don’t do that.’ Isn’t that amazing?”
And Patty’s dad, Jeremy Black, feels that Seeds of Learning also helped them become better parents. Jeremy is actively involved in Patty’s education and he and Jacque feel that Seeds provided them an active support system for their family.
The other thing Jacque realizes about Patty’s experience at Seeds of Learning was the extra mile the school went to provide programs like music and movement.
“Patty was always in a good mood when I picked her up at the end of the day. She ate good food. She was well rested. She was in a good place. She never came home tired and cranky.”
At a mere three and a half years old, Patty, who attended Seeds of Learning from the time she was seventeen months old, tested Kindergarten ready. Even being a young five-year-old, her skills are still advanced and she is beginning to read.
Jacque served on the board of directors for the preschool during Patty’s attendance and helped raise money for the new building. It was a very humbling experience for her and provided her a little taste of the political life to which her dad has committed the past 28 years of his life.
“I didn’t expect to be so involved, but I’m really glad that I was,” Jacque says. The experience has even motivated Jacque to be more involved in Patty’s education by sitting on the Colorado Preschool Kindergarten Program board. Public service definitely runs in the family. Jacque’s mom served on the local school board for many years.
“I cannot thank Seeds of Learning enough. I never regretted writing them a check every month. My daughter was so happy. She never once said she didn’t want to go to school.”
Originally published Winter, 2007