By Emily Eddins
COLMESNEIL – With all the changes that Colmesneil ISD has implemented this year, some parents are feeling overwhelmed and confused. It is hard to find places they trust to watch their children while they are busy.
Parents and local businesses have been trying to work together in order to establish a new normal. However, one Colmesneil business will no longer be able to assist in the care of these children due to a recent fire.
On the early morning of Sunday, August 8, the Colmesneil Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call that would leave an impact on the community, indefinitely.
The structure fire destroyed Little Bulldog Country, a local childcare service in the heart of Colmesneil. The business operated as a childcare center focused on helping small children develop social skills and early education all while parents were able to work and provide for their children.
The once-thriving business has now shut its doors indefinitely with no plan of reopening. Its owner, Destiny Hallo, said “At this time we are at a loss as to what we want to do as far as the future. It is a total loss.”
As the dust settles on the remains of the fire many lives have been impacted and will struggle to find normalcy again.
Little Bulldog Country provided a safe and secure environment for children. It was intended on using educational programs for toddler aged children so they will be better prepared for school when they are of age. This year, school-aged children would also be able to attend Little Bulldog Country on Fridays in order to help parents adjust to the new four-day CISD calendar.
Now both parents and the educators at Little Bulldog Country are struggling to find a solution to this newfound problem. These instructors are now left jobless, many with young children, and are forced to find a new place of employment in the midst of COVID-19. Colmesneil and its surrounding community will be impacted by the loss of this business.