April 23, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - The Boykin Day Care Center happily welcomed the Auburn women’s basketball team to spend time with their children this week. Ethel White, Director of Auburn Day Care Center, was overjoyed to show the team the facility that serves as a day care for children age six weeks to 18 months.
The children at the Center come from low to moderate-income families with parents that work, are in school or are training for work, and the Center welcomes any help from the community with excitement.
The women’s basketball team gladly came to spend time playing with and reading to the children of the Day Care Center. White proudly gave the team a tour of the facility, and the girls each excitedly looked into each room to see the children they would meet.
“I declare when they come to see my babies they just get hooked,” White said as a few of the team members fell behind in the tour, staying to play in the infant room.
Kiani Parker was one of the teammates that quickly got attached to the infants.
“I definitely wanted to get the baby room and play with the little ones. I knew we were going to see the little ones and their smiling faces,” she said as she played with one of the many children in the room.
Seeing the babies’ smiles as she spent time with them was the highlight of Parker’s time at the Center.
In the 12 to 18 month old room, Hasina Muhammad and Khady Dieng gathered the children on the classroom rug to read a story. As Muhammad took a book off the shelf, the children gasped, their instructor saying this was one of their favorites. Muhammad looked at the title, laughed, and said, “Should I sing?” “Yes!” was the reply, and the classroom chorused into Wheels on the Bus, excitedly doing the hand motions as they listened to the rhyme.
Muhammad was glad to have spent some time with the children.
“I have been here before to volunteer, and I really enjoyed the kids and the environment,” she said. “My favorite part was singing to the children, because they got into it and were all interested.”
Auburn Day Care is celebrating 50 years of service to the community this year. White was thrilled to describe the different opportunities the community has to support the Centers, including Showers of Blessing, a donation drive for items needed in the centers.
As she talked about the Center, she paused to look at the children interacting with the Auburn women’s team: “Look how fascinated they are,” she said of the children gazing up at the players. “They’re fascinated because those girls have on those uniforms; they know there’s something special about them.”