By Kathy L Collins

The Primrose School of Bloomingdale, located at 1280 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico, celebrated its first anniversary in style with a family and staff picnic at Medard Park in Plant City in mid- September. One hundred sixty families and members of the staff spent a summer afternoon celebrating the milestone.

Reflecting back on their first year, franchise owner, Ketan Gohil said, “The first year went by quickly. We are humbled by the relationships we have developed with both our families and our staff. We are grateful for the trust that the community has given to us in educating our children.”

At the picnic, several parents expressed their affinity toward the owners and staff of Primrose School of Bloomingdale. Katy Carter, of Valrico, is the mother of 6-year-old Wesley. Carter said, “We have been at Primrose School of Bloomingdale since October 2011. Wesley absolutely loves it. It’s just like a family.”

Lenny Cabanero-Harvey, of Valrico, has two children, ages 3 and 5, who attend Primrose School of Bloomingdale. Cabanero-Harvey said, “I’ve been to other schools. We had been shopping for the perfect daycare. The curriculum at Primrose School of Bloomingdale is very structured, yet it leaves room for imagination.” Cabanero-Harvey added, “Everyone is great with communication about what is going on. As a teacher myself for 11 years, I am very appreciative of the open communication.”

Ketan said, “Moving forward into our second year and beyond, we want to continue to have a positive impact on the community and continue to build relationships at a grassroots level.”

The Gohils are committed to providing the highest quality education and maintaining a high level of trust with their parents and staff. “It takes a huge team effort to provide this,” added Ketan.

If you would like more information on Primrose School of Bloomingdale, please visit or call 438-5980.


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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.