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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Grants fund improvements for St. Aloysius School’s playground, Early Learning Center

by Bonita Lawhead, Inland Register staff

(From the Oct. 23, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

St. Aloysius School in Spokane received grants in recent months that will benefit the younger children who attend the school. One grant, used for playground equipment, benefits the whole neighborhood.

With a grant of of $1,000 from the Catholic Foundation, the school was able to remodel an area for a new toddler room. The school provides care for children from 12 months to pre-potty training age in the specially-designated room.

“We can take up to 21 children,” said school vice-principal Julie Beckford. “And we currently have some openings.” After the toddlers are trained, they move up to the Early Learning Center, formerly called Educare.

A grant of $2,000 from the Logan Neighborhood Assocation will install new playground equipment in a special area that’s just for the younger children. The playground is open to the whole neighborhood after school hours and on weekends. “We are going to install a ‘Climbing Tree,’” Beckford said. “It’s for children from 1-2 years old.” As such, the “tree” is very short and very sturdy.

A third grant, “to enhance literacy,” came from Target Stores to purchase reading and pre-reading materials. The $3,000 grant was divided between the number of classrooms from preschool through third grade. Teachers were able to choose the material they wanted for their classrooms. Most used the money to purchase books, but in addition there were purchases of material that prepare children to read, Beckford said.

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