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Why the Lemont Park District matters to me

I can’t believe it’s been more than 25 years since I saw the need for Early Childhood programs in the community.

Starting as a part-time district employee, I moved forward to help create original and imaginative programs and classes specifically designed for young children.

I knew I was meant to do this. I simply loved planning, implementing and marketing programs and classes that enrich young children, enabling them to grow and learn.

I am pleased to report that the Early Childhood program category, which previously had zero offerings, now has more than 70 options.

In 2009, I secured a fulltime position at the Lemont Park District, heading up preschool and Early Childhood programming.

I love that I have a hand in helping make priceless memories for so many children in the community. A few weeks ago, we hosted the annual preschool graduation programs at the district. Every year, I get to see the talented individuals, essential members of our preschool program, shine as they perform in the show. Seeing their smiling faces is an incredibly heartfelt experience.

I also am extremely lucky to have a staff of phenomenal teachers – they are truly top notch.

My experience at the Lemont Park District has varied widely, from senior programming to summer camps to creating and implementing special events such as Breakfast with Santa and Daddy Daughter Date Night.

I also launched the Walkers Club – a program specifically designed for participants older than 55 who enjoy walking at the LPD’s CORE indoor track.

I am pleased to lead the district’s Guest Services Committee, which concentrates on impeccable customer service. I was incredibly honored when my peers nominated me for the South Suburban Parks & Recreation Professional Association’s “Professional of the Year” award in 2013. LPD is truly a great place to be every day.

I hope everyone has a fantastic summer and can enjoy the special events we have on tap.

Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing each and every one of you!

Pam Carter is the recreation supervisor and preschool head for the Lemont Park District. 

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