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Springfield Area Parent Child Center Opens New Building With Support From VTel
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 14:38

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“VTel fulfills its $25,000 commitment to support the Springfield Area Parent Child Center’s new green building, which will enable expansion of services. This Center is a critical steward of Springfield’s long-term resilience as a community, and we couldn’t be more proud to help it serve more children and families in the area.” Pictured left to right: Doug Racine, Secretary of Vermont’s Agency for Human Services, Tess Gauthier, Community Broadband Team Director, VTel, Sharon Combes-Farr, Director of Marketing, VTel, Betty Kinsman Executive Director, Springfield Area Parent Child Center, Paul Kendall, Chairman of SAPCC’s Capital Campaign for the new building (Lawrence & Wheeler Insurance)

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“The Springfield Area Parent Child Center (SAPCC) on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, celebrated the opening of its new facility at a ribbon cutting ceremony held at its new location on 6 Main Street in Springfield. Pictured above left to right: Molly Lambert, USDA Rural Development State Director for Vermont, Doug Racine, Secretary of Vermont’s Agency for Human Services, John Tracy, State Director for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (back row), Colby Downing, long-time friend and student of the SAPCC, Paul Kendall of Lawrence & Wheeler Insurance, Chairman of the SAPCC Capital Campaign

 

(Springfield, VT) – June 28th, 2011 – The Springfield Area Parent Child Center (SAPCC) today celebrated the opening of its new facility at a ribbon cutting ceremony held at its new location on 6 Main Street in Springfield.

The new building was funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, as well as through donations from local businesses, including the Vermont Telephone Company (VTel), IVEK Corporation, Lovejoy Tool Company, and Lawrence and Wheeler Insurance.

Executive Director Betty Kinsman said the new building is twice the size of the Center’s original space.  The new 12,000 square foot building is located on the lot next door to the original building. The building will allow the SAPCC to offer more childcare, education, and support services for families in and around Springfield.

“On behalf of the SAPCC, I want to thank all of the many good friends who made this day possible,“ said Kinsman.  “This is an amazing building that will benefit the children and families of Springfield for years to come.”

The Center’s New Building Fundraising Campaign kicked off in February of 2010, with a donation from VTel’s founder Michel Guite.  VTel is donating $25,000 over a three year period to help the Center expand its programs and services to the region.

The local telephone company is also taking an active role in the Center’s programming by training and educating participating parents in joint digital literacy initiatives.

“The digital training we plan with the Center will empower participants to learn and to leverage the power of broadband, giving them access to the tools, opportunities, and services they need in our digital age,” said Tess Gauthier, VTel’s Community Broadband Team Director.

Guité praised the Center for its philosophy and approach to early childhood education: “This Center is a critical steward of Springfield’s long-term resilience as a community, and we couldn’t be more proud to help it serve more children and families in the area,” said Guité.  “VTel and SAPCC share an important goal:  to improve the lives of the people we serve.”

The Center currently serves nearly 1,500 children and their families.  The new Center will expand services to an additional 1,500 families and their children over the next three years.

Today’s event was hosted by Paul Kendall of Lawrence & Wheeler Insurance, Chairman of the SAPCC Capital Campaign. Speakers included: Doug Racine, Secretary of Vermont’s Agency for Human Services; Molly Lambert, USDA Rural Development State Director for Vermont; John Tracy, State Director for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy; and Betty Kinsman, Executive Director of the Springfield Area Parent Child Center.