Letter to the editor – Greene County Early Learning Center

To the editor,

The Greene County Early Learning Center has great appreciation for the support from the community. Grants, donations, fundraisers and volunteer hours make it possible for the center to continue to be successful.

The Greene County Community Foundation grant was used to replace furniture and carpet in the classrooms. Jefferson’s Rotary Club grant was for the purchase of age appropriate educational supplies. The center received a decategorization grant. This allowed children ages 3-12 to attend summer sessions directed by the staff at the Greene County Community Center, Art on the Fly and pool passes for school age children. The Midland Power grant will provide security, computers and additional classroom supplies. The total grants received for 2017 was just over $39,000. The continued support year after year is truly amazing and much appreciated.

Monetary donations were received throughout the year with major contributions from Home State Bank and the Greene County Supervisors. Overall the center received almost $12,000 in monetary donations. Multiple non-monetary donations such as non-perishable foods, art supplies, games, books and clothing items were also received.

Thanks to all who have supported our fundraisers including the lemonade stand, the farmers market and Yankee Candle sales. We also received money from Amazon. Donations are made to the non-profit of your choice for every purchase you make using AmazonSmile. Check out smile.amazon.com so your purchases can make a difference!

Volunteers play a big part in helping the center run smoothly. RSVP 55+ provides a volunteer to assist with office responsibilities. Volunteers graciously installed carpet. Parents and community members have donated countless hours to provide assistance with organization, playground needs and classroom improvements. The center also works with the Greene County Schools child development and child psychology classes. The teachers have students observe and assist in the classrooms to get hands on experience.

We are thankful to be a part of such a giving community; one that is focused on the wellbeing and future of our children. We look forward to another wonderful year and thank you for helping to make the center a great place for our young children!

Cindi Daubendiek, Greene County Early Learning Center board president

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