Learning Center Getting New Fire Escape

April 25, 2014

One of the oldest daycare centers in Charlottesville is getting a safety face-lift.

The Barrett Early Learning Center is getting new fire escapes. The construction project cost close to $45,000 and was completed thanks to Building Goodness.

The organization noted the aging fire escapes and feared that they would be more of a risk in an emergency than a safety tool.

"The thought of little children using that fire escape in the case of an emergency was really untenable,” said Allison Scholl, Building Goodness. “So we stepped in, helped them raise money, and we brought in volunteers that actually tore down the old fire escape and replaced it with this steel structure."

The Barrett Early Learning Center was in danger of closing down due to a lack of funding last fall. A restructuring of operations managed to keep the center open.

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