Clover Park School District and Fort Lewis officials broke ground on a new child development center. From left: Debbie LeBeau, a Hillside Elementary School student and Col. Cynthia A. Murphy.
Clover Park School District administrators and officials from Fort Lewis broke ground on a joint-use youth child development center adjacent to Hillside Elementary School. The new facility features three buildings, one with a 135-person capacity that will be used by both the military and the district.
‚ÄúThis new facility allows Clover Park School District to provide additional services to our military children,‚Äù said Debbie LeBeau, superintendent. ‚ÄúThis joint-use agreement sets a new standard of collaboration between our district and those we proudly serve on Fort Lewis.‚Äù
The district will use two classrooms for its Early Childhood Education Assistance Program for low-income and at-risk preschoolers. Fort Lewis‚Äô Morale, Welfare and Recreation will use the facility for its School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills program, which offers classes in academics, arts, life skills and sports for military children and teenagers.
‚ÄúThis effort is one-of-a-kind in regards to how the school district and Fort Lewis have agreed to do business on behalf of military children and the services provided to them,‚Äù said Col. Cynthia A. Murphy, garrison commander. ‚ÄúWe are committed to providing the best that we possibly can for our families and children and everybody involved has given 100 percent to making this happen.‚Äù