Part of the Greenville University homecoming festivities over the weekend was the dedication and ribbon cutting for the new university Early Childhood Education building on South Elm Street.
The project is a partnership between the university and Bond County Community Unit 2. The building contains early childhood classrooms.
Lisa Amundson, Dean for the College of Social Sciences and Education, said she was excited when the partnership was proposed to her. She said the project saw many blessings along the way.
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Meg File from Unit 2 said the development of the partnership took only about 6 months.
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Greenville Mayor Alan Gaffner is proud the university and Unit 2 are working together. He said it is a great example of a public/private partnership. He said it became more than it would have if either organization had attempted it on their own.
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A rock garden just outside of the center honors Joyce Keillor and Deb Noys. Amundson told the large crowd gathered for the ceremony that those two women were instrumental in the university’s early childhood program. She said they knew that early childhood programs aren’t about babysitting, they’re about the building blocks that change children’s lives.
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Amundson thanked many people involved in the creation of the center including the university’s facilities team.