Mackenzie Pierce – LRHS News
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Mini Mustangs have welcomed several new students for the 2014-15 school year and they better get ready because the students have a busy year ahead of them.
Four-year-old Valentina Suarez’s favorite part of being a Mini Mustang is “playing with Ms. Cass [LRHS Voluntary Pre-Kintergarden (VPK) teacher Cass Schutte]” and sitting next to her best friend, Luella Sztuska. The girls will have plenty of time to play with each other and all of the Mini Mustangs as they take part in the many events throughout the year. The first will be Trunk-or-Treat on Halloween. In November they will be holding their annual Thanksgiving Feast, followed by their Holiday Show in December.
Parents are very active in the Mini Mustang program and are key to the success of the students.
“Most of our events wouldn’t be possible without parent help,” said Schutte.
The Trunk-or-Treat event relies solely on parents because the class goes from trunk to trunk of parents’ cars to collect various goodies.
Parent support is also vital to the Mini Mustangs as they will attend the Holiday Show, Mother’s Day Tea Party, Talent Show, and Graduation throughout the year to see their children’s hard work and growth.
Schutte is also important to the Mini Mustangs and it is easily seen that the Mini Mustangs love their teacher.
“My favorite part about being a Mini Mustang is playing with Ms. Cass,” said Sebastian Lemke.
Suarez agrees and said, “I love seeing Ms. Cass everyday.”
“My goal is for everyone to be ready for Kindergarten when they leave at the end of the year,” said Schutte, “but most importantly, I want to create a happy learning environment for the kids and make sure that they look back at this time as a year that they really enjoyed.”
The LRHS Mini Mustangs VPK program gives high school students a chance to work in an actual on-campus day care facility, teaching and interacting with three- and four-year-olds.