WANAMAKER ROAD, TOPEKA -- With a September 30th deadline upon them to receive a matching $500,000 Mabee Challenge grant, two area preschools showed their support for the cause with their donations on Monday.
Bright Circle Preschool have collected spare change because they know that every penny will count. "The kids have been enjoying a great time," saiys Betty Litscher, the school director.
"Of course, they want the Discovery Center to open tomorrow!" she told 13 News. They presented a check for $255.36 after two jars filled with pennies were emptied into the coin counter at the 10th and Wanamaker branch of U.S. Bank Monday afternoon.
Discovery Center board members report with Monday's donations, their total is down to $64,182 to earn the much-needed grant money.
Representatives of the Discovery Center's 1,387 Facebook members were also at CoreFirst at 37th and Wanamaker, 27 blocks down the road from the first donation, joining Discovery School Montessori Preschoolers who offered their own donation.
Discovery School presented a check for $1,500 from proceeds raised from their "Passport to Discovery" fundraiser. Their director, Cathy Brennan said, "We have given input from the very beginning and are so excited to see this becoming a reality. It's going to be fantastic for the children of our community."
U.S. Bank and CoreFirst have taken leadership roles, by making corporate commitment to the project totalling more than $150,000 combined. The deadline for the Mabee Challenge Grant is this Wednesday, September 30th, and anyone in Northeast Kansas can donate online, to get them over the finish line, at www.kansasdiscovery.org.