Character Building by Doing

Character Building by Doing

This article was published in Dayton Daily News on June 24, 2015

By Susan Gnann

Hollie Cambria, the owner of Primrose Schools in Centerville and at Yankee, imparts to her students the fundamental practice of giving back. It is a passion at all Primrose School throughout the country and social responsibility is one of their core values. At all Primrose Schools locations they celebrate philanthropy with monthly events for the community. Many of those events are for the benefit of local organizations like the Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation.

As part of Primrose School’s national Helping Hands Programs, Hollie and her staff organize the Food for Precious Pets fundraiser. It is not just parents writing checks or attending events. Kids really get hands-on.

“For instance,’ shares Hollie, “our kindergartners and first graders actually have to do chores at home to earn the money to buy the food for the Humane Society.”

Not only do the children do extra work to help raise the needed funds, they also visit the Humane Society to see and understand the mission of the recipient of their efforts. These life lessons cannot be taught in the classroom.

“It is a great way to encourage kids to really give back and understand their contribution to the community,” says Hollie.

From the Spring Fling to holiday poinsettia sales, and many other events throughout the year, Primrose Schools raises over $6,000 for local organizations. Every other year they sponsor a wish through Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation.

The first wish they sponsored was for Joey in 2012. Joey had a brain tumor and fungal meningitis. He wished for a clubhouse and with the help of Primrose Schools and Ellis Custom Homes, LLC, his wish came true on his fourth birthday. It was an amazing day for a brave boy who battled his cancer!

With funds raised in 2014, the second wish sponsored by Primrose Schools is for 13-year-old Danielle. Danielle is a classmate of Hollie’s 13 year-old son Avery, as well as a family friend to a teacher at Primrose Schools. One day after school Avery came home and told his mother about Danielle and her battle against Ewing’s Sarcoma. Avery mentioned that she had missed a lot of school due to her treatments.

“Avery said, ‘We have to grant her wish, Mom, we have to call A Special Wish,’” remembers Hollie. “Pairing Primrose Schools and Danielle and her family was the perfect combination. Almost everyone knows about a child who is battling a life-threatening disorder, but to know someone close to our Primrose family has had a huge impact.”

Grateful for her own healthy children and recognizing that pediatric disorders can affect anyone at any time, Hollie and her husband, Jason, and their children Avery, Rylee and twins, Eian and Brogan share a strong focus on giving back to the community and to the Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation. The kids are involved in their own fundraising and Hollie and Jason support various organizations almost constantly.

“They get it,” beams Hollie. “And so do the students at Primrose. I am so proud of all of my kids!”

Through the generosity of the Primrose Family, Danielle and her family are on their wish trip to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. Danielle and her family leave for Florida and to be treated like royalty at Give Kids The World Village. You can keep up to date on Danielle and other wish kids on Facebook and on their website at