Lewistown Children’s Center is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from Walden University. The university, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, awarded a total of $25,000 this year to schools and educational facilities for the purpose of enhancing classroom education. The Lewistown center was one of five institutions nationwide to receive the 2014 Educator for a Day grant.
The center held an Educator for a Day event on November 20th ,during which a Walden University representative presented the award. Local professionals/community representatives attended the event which included touring the facility and classrooms, reading to the children, participating in small group learning activities, and then joining a round-table discussion where they learned more about the programming at the site and the importance of early childhood education in the community.
Linda Fallon, Lewistown center director, applied for the grant and reports that the funds will be used to update media and technology resources, including interactive SMART boards for preschool classrooms. Guests of the event included Christina Cantu, of Walden University, State Sen. Jake Corman; Mike McMonigal,Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11; ValerieWoodring, early childhood teacher at Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology; Dawn Hayes, Mifflin County School District (MCSD) federal programs; Debi Mathias, director of the Quality Rating and Information System National Learning Network; John Bilich, assistant director of the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology; Diane Stewart, MCSD; and Steve Schaaf, MCSD director of elementary education, among others.