Early Learning Center celebrates five-year anniversary

POULSBO — Since its humble beginnings as a daycare in Indianola, the Marion Forsman-Boushie Early Learning Center has gone through significant changes. Now educating more than 100 students per year, the learning center is celebrating its fifth year at its home off Totten Road.

Leonard Forsman, Forsman-Boushie's brother and chairman of the Suquamish Tribal Council, emphasized how important education was to his sister during a fifth-year anniversary celebration May 22 at the center.

"She always felt like education was a pathway to success," he said.

The celebration included an elders blessing and the Suquamish Warriors and color guard flag presentation. Guest speakers included Forsman, Early Learning Center Director Lisa Horn and Bette Hyde, director of Washington State Department of Early Learning.

Hyde said "with all confidence and sincerity" the early learning center in Suquamish is one of the best.

The celebration of the center's fifth year at the location finished with students drumming and singing "I am Suquamish, I am Strong," followed by a giving of apples to the guests — to show appreciation for their attendance.


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