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Rotary donates $20,000 to nursery school expansion
Construction on the new nursery school expansion is ongoing. (Evan Saunders)

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Club is donating $20,000 toward the Niagara Nursery School's expansion project.

This donation will support one of six interior rooms of the new location that will carry the name of the NOTL Rotary Club. The club also will be acknowledged on the school's "Tree of Recognition."

The NOTL Rotary Club will be holding a golf tournament in late summer in the nursery school’s name, with money raised going toward the $20,000 donation.

“We are incredibly grateful and honoured to receive this remarkable donation from the Rotary Club. This is a significant contribution that will help our expansion tremendously,” said Candice Penny, executive director of the Niagara Nursery School.

The nursery school has been operating in NOTL for 49 years and notes that as more families move to town, many discover there are few child-care options. 

"With no licensed child care for infants or toddlers, and a current waitlist of more than 155 children," Penny noted the school, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Region of Niagara teamed up to expand the facility.

The expanded school means:

● The addition of infant and toddler care for children aged 18 months and younger. With the expansion there will be 10 infant care spots (there are none now), 15 toddler care spots (none now) and an additional five school-aged spots.

● Families with multiple children of varying ages will be able to remain together at one location, easing the burden of multiple drop-off and pickup locations.

● An integrated, intergenerational focus of care will provide children with ongoing, easy access to the NOTL Community Centre’s resources.

● The addition of three new playgrounds, outfitting of age-specific children’s spaces and additional educational supplies.

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