Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Pooh Corner - Where It All Began

While Anuj's exploits and contributions in high school, college and graduate school may be familiar to many of his friends and family, very few know where his educational journey began. Anuj's first school was a very special place called Pooh Corner in Saline, Michigan. It is where he went to preschool as a carefree four year-old. Each Pooh Corner class consists of two teachers and 20 kids. One of its neatest attributes is that it also includes Saline High School child care class students looking for lab school experience. Thus the children are surrounded by adults and older kids who are completely focused on their cognitive, physical, and social development in a nurturing, progressive environment. In fact, children (as well as their parents) were interviewed before they were selected into the program.

Those who knew him later in life will not be surprised to learn that Anuj was a brave and level-headed child, even when he was very young. Unlike most other children who cried on being separated from their parents, Anuj took his new school in stride. On the first day, he walked right into class and quickly made friends with his teachers and fellow classmates. He was pretty open to sharing from the start so found himself with many playmates. Anuj would spend three mornings a week at Pooh Corner staying very busy with things like block playing, art and easel time, and other group activities. He seemed to have fun and, a precursor to later years, his curiosity was insatiable.

When he finished his year in preschool, Anuj received a graduation diploma which he promptly colored in. Mom and Dad were of course very proud which is why they still have that piece of paper, over 25 years later. To his family, it is as precious as any degree from MIT or Wharton.

Click here to learn more about Pooh Corner, part of the Saline Area School system.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is uncanny. Mom and I were talking about Pooh Corner at approximately the same time that you posted this. Mom was saying how calm and collected Anuj was on that first day and how he stayed that way throughout his life. He was fearless. Oh, how we miss him and his wonderful disposition.


10:52 PM  
Blogger Meena said...

I was so touched when I saw Anuj’s certificate. Pooh Corner seems like a very special place. I was reminded of what Winnie says in one of the stories. It goes something like this - “If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart, I’ll always be with you.” I hear Anuj’s voice in what Winnie the Pooh said.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11000 Days!
You graced us with the most precious 11000 days of our lives. And though you might not be with us today, we would always cherish the infinite loving memories we shared with you in those 11000 days, keeping you alive in every single one of us forever and ever.

7:21 PM  

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