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Amherst pre-school benefits from United Way funding

David March, president of the United Way of Cumberland, presents a cheque for $8,000 to Amherst Pre-School leaders Melissa Cormier, Sara Duguay and Estella Perry. The pre-school association is one of nine member agencies with the United Way.
David March, president of the United Way of Cumberland, presents a cheque for $8,000 to Amherst Pre-School leaders Melissa Cormier, Sara Duguay and Estella Perry. - Darrell Cole

New gym equipment, trikes purchased

AMHERST – Heartz Hall resembled rush hour on Canadas busiest streets on Tuesday, if only for a few moments.

Students with Amhersts 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 Cumberlands annual campaign.

Theres no doubt we wouldnt 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 its important for the United Way to be able to support important organizations such as Amherst Pre-School, Maggies 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.

darrell.cole@amherstnews.ca

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