CFNC Alumni: Where are they now?

January 19, 2018 Susan Keightley

Nothing warms our hearts at CFNC more than reconnecting with former students. So when we got in touch with Angela Lankford back in December and heard her story, we knew we wanted to share it with  you, too.

In 2018, we’re making it goal to reconnect with as many alumni as possible. One question we get asked a lot is – “where are your students now?” Our goal for 2018 is to find out, and share those stories with you.

Oh, and one more thing you should know about Angela – not only is she a former student. She’s a current supporter. Thanks Angela, for thinking of us all these years later. Okay, Angela, take it away:

What made you want to give back to CFNC?

“I attended preschool with the CFNC back in the early 1990s. Over the recent holiday season, my mom asked my brother and me if there were any charities that we would like to support. She told us that for several decades that she had been donating to the CFNC because of the role it played in our lives many years before. My mother expressed to us that the reason why she enrolled us in CFNC was because she wanted to give us a head start and an edge before going into kindergarten and elementary school. She said that she continued to give back to the program to help another child to be able to receive these same early benefits of education. So as a gift to my mom for the holidays, I decided to give back to CFNC, and I wanted to give back to the program that helped to give me a head start with my education.”

How do you think a high-quality early education helped you?

“I think that having a high-quality early education helped me to gain a love of learning early on. I remembered loving my teachers in preschool and feeling like they genuinely cared about me. I think that encouraging and inspiring teachers can play a large role in helping to shape students’ perceptions of school and learning overall. As I moved through my education, this love of learning and connection to teachers who pushed and inspired me kept me going and wanting to gain more knowledge. I am determined to be a lifelong learner—whether that be in getting formal education or just simply educating myself in subjects of interest to me—I think that my quest for knowledge began thanks to the influence of CFNC and its amazing teachers who show love and care to their students.”

Is there a memory from CFNC that stands out to you?

“I think one memory that sticks out to me from CFNC was the graduation at the end of the program. I remember standing on a podium in the gym of the old Charles Houston Rec center to graduate from preschool. But when I think about preschool, one of the memories that I hold fondest is riding tricycles around the gym and my grandma walking to and from school each day.”

Years after attending CFNC, Angela went on to graduate from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. It’s amazing what our students go on to achieve. We are so proud of Angela’s accomplishments and are so grateful to her for supporting the next generation of CFNC students.

If you are a former CFNC student and want to share your story with us, please reach out! Email ashults@cfnc-online.org or call 703-836-0214. We love getting emails and phone calls.