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California's Allan Hancock College Children's Center Lab School is in the midst of a major transformation.

California's Allan Hancock College Children's Center Lab School is in the midst of a major transformation. Now, with completion of its new facility just around the corner, the lab has received $150,000 from the Orfalea Foundation that will allow the staff to put the finishing touches on their new building and outdoor classroom. The grant will provide funds needed for audiovisual equipment for two observation rooms used by early childhood education students, to complete aspects of the playground's outdoor classroom features and to help equip the center's kitchen. The playground and kitchen are of particular interest to the foundation, which created the Outdoor Classroom Project and the School Foods Initiative as part of the foundation's overall focus on whole child development. The new playground is modeled on the project's philosophies and based on research that shows that children can benefit greatly from structured play activities in a natural environment. The grant is providing the funds for a pivotal part of the new outdoor space, a water wall and creek simulating a natural setting, circulating water throughout the day.

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Title Annotation:grants & gift
Publication:Community College Week
Date:Apr 1, 2013
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