Growing Places Cuts Ribbon on New Building

Posted on August 27, 2012

Growing Place cut the ribbon to its new educational facility this morning.  Executive Director, Cellissa Hoyt, Contractor Jeff Coburn, and clients Amy Papineau (mother) and Glenn Papineau (son) had the honors of watching the ribbon fall as new families began arriving.

The 1200 square foot addition, which was completed on schedule by Jesco Construction, adds a preschool room, entranceway and parent area, and a solarium for classroom and family use.  The building also has many energy saving features in lighting and insulation; and a new fire suppression and alarm system.  A finished second story for teacher planning can also be used for older children’s programming in the future.

The staff at Growing Places spent hours getting the space ready for children.  It was an exhausting labor of love, and teachers were all smiles this morning, watching the children play in their new classrooms.   As they walked through the door of the new school, parents expressed their amazement.  “It’s wonderful  – I always thought it was a great school because of the caliber of the teachers, but now they have the space they need to complement their skills.” one parent commented.

Growing Places spent the last two years raising money in the amount of $170,000 for the new building, including grants from the Haas fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the Agnes Lindsay Trust.  The New Hampshire Community Loan Fund also provided a bridge loan for the building. Many volunteers, including UNH students, Rotarians, and volunteers from Liberty Mutual were instrumental in moving the project forward to its completion.

Ms. Hoyt pointed out her thanks to Jeff Coburn of Jesco Construction for his tireless work in completing the project: “Children deserve to spend their days in well designed environments that support their needs and stimulate their learning.  The vision and dream to have a facility that supports teachers in their work with children is now a reality! Thanks to the hard work and dedication of many, Jesco Construction finished the project on time with tremendous attention to detail and we now have a wonderful facility that will meet our needs for many years.  When I walk through the new space I can barely believe this is ours, it is magnificent!”

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