Just about every Saturday, Lightbridge Academy on Bleeker Street in Millburn is closed. However this past Saturday, April 13, was anything but a usual Saturday.it was time to celebrate one full year of operation and the school was humming with excitement and filled with many of the children they care for during the week and their parents.

As with most child oriented parties, there was entertainment and refreshments and a very special guest…a Millburn Fire Engine with a full crew who were giving the children a chance to sit in the cab and let their family and friends take photos of them at the wheel. The Firefighters also gave the children fire helmets. As the Fire Engine departed, the ice-cream truck arrived.

In addition to all the fun toys, treats and electronics there was a visit from the Easter Bunny, played by one of the parents. The children, as well as a number of the parents took turns visiting the Easter Bunny and posing for pictures with him.

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Lightbridge Academy of Millburn’s director is Elizabeth Freeman, who always has a warm welcoming way about her, in addition to keeping everything humming all day.

TAPinto had a conversation with Katerina and Mike Kearney, the Franchisees of this Lightbridge and they commented they are very happy to be celebrating our one year anniversary with the Millburn Community. They went on to say “we’ve had the pleasure of working with many families and especially their children. E hope we have met the families expectations and they know we put their children first.

“From early in the morning until late in the afternoon, children have the opportunity to move between curriculum activities and play time, all the while being in an environment that’s fun and caring. We continue to approach learning with a multi-sensory mind set, while utilizing the most modern technologies available. Learning happens both inside and outside the classroom, especially the socialization with our outdoor learning environment and as the weather warms up we’ll be utilizing water and planting activities along with others.”

Lightbridge doesn’t stop for a change of season and as spring becomes summer they will be moving into summer camp. That’s when students participate in field trips and unique in-house field trips as well. The summer weeks are themed – the students participate in sports activities, magic shoes, hobby-quest and a show for parents. Surprises include a dance party, a visiting Kona Ice Truck and many more.

Katerina and Mike both commented how much they appreciate the parents allowing them to meet the needs of their children. The said “we’re very appreciative that the program has grown beyond our expectation, and thankful for the support of our community. We are almost at capacity!”