Hello everybody! I would like to take this opportunity to formally introduce myself; my name is Mark Day. Over the next couple of months, I have the honor of bringing amazing stories and news to you, as well as magical events that occur at the Village, every single day.
Since I was very young, Children’s Village has been (quite literally) a second home to me for a couple of reasons. First off, my mom (Tracie Hoppis) has worked at Children’s Village for as long as I remember. When I was once a cute, little, blonde hair-in-a-mullet child, I would walk into the Village and immediately my mother’s coworkers would flock – gasping and grabbing my cheeks. However, it wasn’t my mom’s job that brought me to the Village; my brother, Andy, has been a child of the Village and has received services here since we were both very young.
As you can see from our natural smiles and 90’s hair, Andy and I have shared a common bond. Being a sibling to Andy meant that I was there through every Children’s Village experience with him. From Slugbugs to the Christmas party, to having our dental work done at the same time and place, Andy and I have grown up here.
As it seems, Andy and I have both grown . . . somewhat. But the Village remains just as prevalent in our lives. My mom is now the Child Family and Resource Manager, Andy continues to receive his dental care, and I am a just-graduated-from-being-a-mentor-but-still-hanging-around part of the Village. The importance of this place in our Valley is undeniable, and my passion for it is incredible. I hope that, through the experiences I get to share, that our community’s passion for the Village will extend to every nook and cranny of this great Valley.