2008-08-20 / Front Page

Senator Chambliss presents Arts Council check for day care renovation

Left to right: Dot Wainright, Karen Kimbrel Billy Kimbrel, Lillie Bush, Cassie Brooks, Darlene Cox, Debra Atkinson, Jennifer Trawick, Elaine Chafin, United States Senator Saxby Chambliss, Stone Workman, Howard Small, Joy Jinks, Clyde Jinks and Denise Carter. Left to right: Dot Wainright, Karen Kimbrel Billy Kimbrel, Lillie Bush, Cassie Brooks, Darlene Cox, Debra Atkinson, Jennifer Trawick, Elaine Chafin, United States Senator Saxby Chambliss, Stone Workman, Howard Small, Joy Jinks, Clyde Jinks and Denise Carter. The Colquitt/Miller Arts Council received a check in the amount of $160,000 last Tuesday, August 12.

The check will be used to renovate the New Life Learning Center, a day care facility located on Main Street in Colquitt.

United States Senator Saxby Chambliss and Stone Workman, state director of USDA Rural Development, presented the ceremonial big check to Jennifer Trawick, executive director of the Colquitt/Miller Arts Council.

"These funds will allow more children to be served," Workman said. "That is a very good thing for Colquitt!"

Improvements include handicap accessibility and the addition to 2,400 square feet, which will allow more children to be served. The new space will include two additional classrooms, storage, two bathrooms, and installation of a fire safety alarm system and a sprinkler system.

Funds include a loan for $80,000 repayable over 10 years at 4.375 percent, and a grant for $80,000. Funds are provided through the Community Facilities program, which provides funding for essential facilities and equipment in rural areas.

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