Covenant Presbyterian Church (www.covenantpresbyterian.us) and The Spanish Academy (www.thespanishacademy.com) will host an Open House at the church on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 10-11 a.m. to announce new daily preschool and Mothers’ Morning Out programs to be offered by The Spanish Academy at the church beginning fall 2013. The Academy, founded in Atlanta in 2001, offers total immersion Spanish academic programs for young children as well as adults at locations throughout metro Atlanta. The new program at Covenant Presbyterian Church will be the organization’s third location offering daily preschool, and Mother’s Morning Out programs.
DeShea Brooks, founder and director of The Spanish Academy, will provide information about the classes and answer questions at the Open House. Several of the program’s teachers will attend to speak about the success they’ve experienced working with young children.
“Numerous studies have shown that the ideal time for a person to learn a new language is from birth to about age 8,” said Brooks. “After 8, it’s more difficult to learn and retain language skills. Our total immersion program mimics how we all learn our native languages, by active exposure through conversation, songs and written words, rather than rote memorization.”
“We are thrilled to welcome The Spanish Academy to our church as our newest community outreach partner,” said Dr. Ernie Hess, senior pastor of Covenant Presbyterian. “I strongly believe that learning a new language and exploring other cultures is a wonderful way to work towards peace and cooperation in our world.”
Brooks said she had been seeking a location in the heart of Buckhead for some time. “We’ve had numerous inquiries from parents interested in daily language preschool in this area,” she said. “Not only does Covenant Presbyterian Church offer an ideal location, but they have the classrooms available and have extended a very warm welcome to us. I want to personally invite anyone who is interested or even just curious about our program to come to the Open House and see first-hand what it’s all about. Children are welcome at the Open House, too. My family and I live nearby, so I will supervise this new program on-site and my son is already signed up to attend.”
Covenant Presbyterian is located at 2461 Peachtree Road. Free parking for the Open House is on the top deck of the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, immediately south of the church.
About Covenant Presbyterian Church
For nearly a century, Covenant Presbyterian Church has served the city of Atlanta through its mission of “Equipping the people of God to serve Christ in the world”. The church is a member of Presbyterian Church (USA) and is led by Dr. Ernie Hess, senior pastor, and Dr. Jill Ulrici, associate pastor. Covenant Presbyterian Church opened its doors in downtown Atlanta in 1904 as Harris Presbyterian Church. Twenty years later, the church community moved to its present location at 2461 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, where it holds Sunday morning and evening worship services.
Today, Covenant is home to a welcoming congregation that seeks, serves and celebrates together. The church boasts a lively youth group, hands-on mission work, a women’s spirituality ministry and a strong music program, as well as offering public lectures, social events, educational opportunities and more. Currently, the church supports numerous organizations including Buckhead Christian Ministry, the Central Night Shelter, ChildSpring International, Habitat for Humanity, The Open Door Community, Earth Covenant Ministry and Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta. Covenant also takes a leadership role in the LaGonave Haiti Partners, a 20-year partnership with the Episcopal Church of Haiti. Ongoing Haiti projects include a community health center, as well as programs for education, agriculture, adult literacy and children’s nutrition. www.covenantpresbyterian.us
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