The Foundation believes in the importance of working closely with the community to create great opportunities for students. And that’s just what occurred from 2001-2005 with the birth of Great Beginning Early Education Center.

At the time, the youngest, most fragile students in our district were being taught in extremely inadequate learning facilities due to funding shortages. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor who provided a $2 million challenge grant to build a new, state of the art facility for our youngest students the idea of Great Beginnings was born.

Quickly, foundation board members rose to the challenge and worked hard to raise the need $2 million match. The community provided the remaining $2 million through a no-tax increase bond issue. This community partnership built Great Beginnings Early Education Center at Legacy Park. This facility serves as a wonderful example of what a community can do when they work together.

“We can do no great things. Only small things with great love.”

–Mother Teresa