AMHERST – Heartz Hall resembled rush hour on Canada’s busiest streets on Tuesday, if only for a few moments.
Students with Amherst’s Pre-School Association were given a few moments to play with the trikes and plasma carts purchased for them by supporters of the United Way of Cumberland’s annual campaign.
“There’s no doubt we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the support from the United Way,” pre-school leader Estella Perry said. “The money they provided allowed us to purchase some much needed gym equipment, hula hoops and the trikes.”
The pre-school, which has 48 children ages three and four, is one of nine members agencies supported by the United Way of Cumberland. This year, the association received $8,000 – its portion of what was raised during the 2016 annual campaign.
The United Way recently launched its 2017 campaign with a goal of $150,000. While it fell short of its goal the last two years, its chairman David March is optimistic this is the year it will once again go over the top.
Watching the pre-school children zip around the floor (he even took a ride on a plasma cart while being pushed by two pre-schoolers) March said it’s important for the United Way to be able to support important organizations such as Amherst Pre-School, Maggie’s Place, SMILE and SHINE and others.
“If I can come here and have fun imagine the enjoyment these kids are having,” March said. “Anything we can do to make the early years of education better is a plus.”