At Veterans Elementary PLACE program, kids come first! Led by Tina Rossi and Zahaira Owens the staff have gone above and beyond to transform the school cafeteria into a toy-filled wonderland, full of fun and educational play. The staff- Lilliana, Michael, Rebecca, Ashley and Marissa- develop and maintain the very clean, bright, and fun program, and their attention to detail means that VES kids enjoy creation and imagination as part of their daily routine. In fact, each center at this program is full of ways for kids to be expressive and engaged, and the staff are always interacting with the children. There is real, substantial learning happening during IGNITE each day, as the staff introduce hands-on STEAM-based activities that kids go crazy for. Over 140 children are attending VES PLACE in the mornings and afternoons, and it’s no wonder why this program is full of smiling faces- the staff are happy to keep VES kids safe and engaged throughout the day!