Community Ridge Day CareHickory – September 13, 2017, marked the 40th anniversary of Community Ridge Day Care Center serving the families of the Ridgeview community with quality childcare. A Reunion Reception is planned for Saturday, November 4, beginning at noon and ending at 2:00 pm. Past and present students, families, staff and graduates of Community Ridge are invited to take a stroll down memory lane, to take a tour and share memories with director Janie Connor and current board members. Light refreshments will be available. If you didn’t get a thank you in this article, please come by to see us and receive your thank you in person!

Community Ridge Day Care opened its doors at 243 7th Avenue SW on September 13, 1977, on a beautiful fall day. And for the past 40 years the center has operated continuously, serving generations of families. Ms. Janie Connor served as lead teacher until 1990 when she became the director.

The success of Community Ridge has been made possible by more people than it is possible to name, but we wanted to thank all current and past families, teachers, staff members and board members, as well as the late Donna and Cass Ballenger and the Ballenger Family Foundation, the United Way and all United Way donors and volunteers, Hickory Public Libraries, the Ridgeview Endowment Committee and Catawba Science Center, the Catawba County Partnership for Children, Children’s Resource Center, Early Childhood Support Team, Catawba County Department of Social Services, Catawba County Service League, Democratic Women of Catawba County, Century Furniture, DeeDee Ballenger, Missy Ballenger, Cindy Ballenger and Brent Brinkley, Beth Lily and family, and many others.

This 5 star child care center and nonprofit United Way agency would not have continued without the lasting support of the late Donna and Cass Ballenger and without the ongoing efforts of dedicated staff members, both past and present. Current staff includes Janie Connor, Donsonja Connor, Jamala Ferguson, Whitney Hewitt, and Lytisia Rippy.

Community Ridge would also like to recognize several past teachers and staff members including Patsy Finger, Carolyn Hector, Nadine Jenkins, Olivia Kimball, Barbara Squarles, and Margarite Surratt who worked many loving years at Community Ridge. Past board members include Donna Ballenger, Lawrence Chapman, George Mitchell, Janet Thompson, and Joyce Westbrook, along with honorary board member Cass Ballenger.

Retired board members include Joe Crocker, Helen Crutchfield, David Middleton, Tim Shuford and George Thompson. Current board members are Alvis Crutchfield, Carole Dennis, William Dobson, Raymond Mitchell and Jim Teubner.

2017 Graduating Class at Community Ridge