The Learning Tree Child Care Center receives grant from McDonald's

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BENNINGTON — The Learning Tree Child Care Center, part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care in Bennington, has received a $4,423 grant for new classroom furniture from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region.

"Both the children and the teachers are truly enjoying their new space," Nancy Noel, director of the Learning Tree Child Care Center, said in a release. "This furniture fosters the children's creative play and helps the teachers make better use of their classrooms."

Beneficiaries of RMHC grants are local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated an ability to respond to the needs of children and their families in a definitive, hands-on manner, yielding measurable results.

The center applied through contacts at the local McDonald's restaurant. New classroom furniture that was acquired through the grant includes a puppet theater and gated play areas.

"We are proud to partner with the Learning Tree and support their incredible work in our community," Jeff Yule, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, said in a release. "We look forward to continuing our partnership in the coming years as we continue our work to improve the health and wellbeing of our region's children."

For more information on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region and their outreach programs, visit www.rmhcofalbany.org.

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