— This summer, Kiddie Academy of Sparta®, an early education child care provider, will teach children to discover their inner courage as they learn about Amelia Earhart, Gertrude Ederle, Rosa Parks, and Katherine Switzer – historical pioneers known for their fearlessness when facing enormous personal and political challenges. The lesson is an extension of Kiddie Academy’s ongoing Amazing Starts Here® creative campaign, which highlights strong role models from America’s past to inspire generations of the future.

According to Richard Peterson, vice president of education for Kiddie Academy, the latest curriculum is designed to help children understand what “courage” really is, because life’s greatest adventures can happen in a moment of bravery.

“Many people associate courage with a heroic act or a brave deed, but courage isn’t always impressive and powerful. In fact, courage is a virtue that children get to practice daily – when they stand up for themselves or a friend, or do the right thing even when it’s not the easy choice, or reach out to the new kid in class, or try something new,” said Peterson.

“In short, courage is inspired by fear; fear of a new situation, person, or task that feels risky or unfamiliar. Children who overcome that fear to reach out and embrace new people and experiences are demonstrating ‘courage,’ and building a cornerstone of a strong, determined character, distinguished by inner strength, integrity, and honesty.”

This summer, Kiddie Academy’s CampVentures® program will inspire children’s imagination through a program of exciting and developmentally appropriate activities, field trips, and special visitors designed to turn summer vacation into a summer of exploration for children ages 2 through 12. With four brave and determined role models as their inspiration, children will be encouraged to try new things, take new risks, meet new friends, and discover that they have the courage to make mistakes as they learn and have fun, according to Peterson.

“Amelia Earhart, Gertrude Ederle, Rosa Parks, and Katherine Switzer each, in her own way, demonstrated extraordinary courage and determination.

Earhart challenged both societal norms and the unknown when she became the first woman to pilot a plane solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim across the English Channel, Rosa Parks’ courageous acts made her an icon of the modern Civil Rights Movement, and Katherine Switzer forged a new path in sports history as the first woman to run the Boston Marathon,” said Peterson. “Introducing children to a variety of role models helps them understand how courage can take many shapes. Our goal is to have each of the children in our care recognize his or her individual capacity for courage so that they can use that self-knowledge to face and overcome challenges in the classroom and in life.”

For more information about Amazing Starts Here® and CampVentures® at Kiddie Academy of Sparta in Sparta, please contact Kristen Ciborski at (973) 726-8766 or kiddiesparta@yahoo.com. For more information about Kiddie Academy, please visit www.kiddieacademy.com.