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Runners Raise Money for Barrett Early Learning Center

By: colleen.quigley@newsplex.com
By: colleen.quigley@newsplex.com

March 28, 2014

Thousands of people will be tackling the hills of Charlottesville Saturday, taking part in the Charlottesville Ten Miler, but the race is not only about staying fit and healthy.

Participants have been training since October, and raising money to support a local cause. Money raised will go toward the Barrett Early Learning Center.

Barrett Early Learning Center (BELC) has been operating in Charlottesville for 75 years, but was almost forced to close last year. Now board members are working to preserve it.

Eunice Garrett, BELC's executive director says she is grateful that the community has come together to support the center. Garrett says they plan to put the money towards renovations to the historic building, as well as provide scholarships for some the center's 37 students.

"The children are the ones that are going to benefit, because they are our future and we want to make it as bright as possible. Thank you for thinking of Barrett," Garrett said.

Last year more than $40,000 was raised, and organizers are hoping to surpass that this year.


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