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Lakeshore In the Community

Celebrating the Completion of the Exchange Center Makeover Project
Houston, Texas

For the past year, Lakeshore has been privileged to work with Exchange magazine as part of its first-ever makeover project of Jewel’s Learning Center! Located in Houston, Texas, this family-owned center was severely damaged by the high winds and heavy rain of Hurricane Ike in 2008. Together with Exchange, Collaborative for Children and other respected makeover partners, Lakeshore donated an assortment of educational materials to help give this center a much-needed face-lift…and to build an even stronger educational foundation for the children attending the center. After a year of hard work, we’re proud to report that the makeover is complete—and the center looks fantastic!

On March 19, Jewel’s Learning Center celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reveal its incredible new look. Lakeshore was proud to be in attendance along with community leaders, project sponsors, teachers and the center’s most-valued guests—its children and families! During the ceremony, the center was awarded certification as a Nature Explore Classroom by the Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) and the Dimensions Foundation. And following the ceremony, everyone celebrated with an outdoor barbecue and tours of the brand-new facility!

As a proud sponsor of the project, Lakeshore was thrilled to be there to celebrate! We’ve loved every moment of our work with the children and the center’s staff. We’re truly honored to have been part of Exchange magazine’s makeover project, and we’re even more honored to know the impact that our contribution will have on the lives of the children and families of Jewel’s Learning Center.


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Our Lakeshore crew gets to work, unpacking boxes of donated supplies.
Our Lakeshore crew gets to work, unpacking boxes of donated supplies.
Owner Jewel McFarlin and director Charlotte Watts excitedly check out the center’s new Lakeshore materials!
Owner Jewel McFarlin and director Charlotte Watts excitedly check out the center’s new Lakeshore materials!
Our Lakeshore crew was on site to put together furniture and supplies—making sure everything was ready to go for the kids!
Our Lakeshore crew was on site to put together furniture and supplies—making sure everything was ready to go for the kids!
Director Charlotte Watts gathered with Lakeshore’s Kevin Carnes and other project sponsors before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Director Charlotte Watts gathered with Lakeshore’s Kevin Carnes and other project sponsors before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Nancy Rosenow, Executive Director of Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, presents the center with certification as a Nature Explore Classroom!
Nancy Rosenow, Executive Director of Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, presents the center with certification as a Nature Explore Classroom!
The children check out their new outdoor space!
The children check out their new outdoor space!
Members of the Jewel’s Learning Center family do the official ribbon cutting!
Members of the Jewel’s Learning Center family do the official ribbon cutting!



The Exchange Center Makeover Project
Houston, Texas

Anyone who knows child care knows Exchange magazine! For more than three decades, they have helped lead the way in our industry—providing guidance, sharing ideas and educating thousands of teachers & caregivers.

Central to the mission at Exchange is a commitment to community. Evidence of this commitment is their creation of the Exchange Center Makeover Project…a new initiative that Lakeshore is proud to support. The project identifies high-quality child care centers that need crucial assistance, and then they work with organizations like Lakeshore who donate much-needed materials.

In June, Exchange selected their first-ever makeover project winner: Jewel’s Learning Center in Houston, Texas! In 2008, this popular family-owned center was severely damaged by the winds and rain of Hurricane Ike. Together with Exchange, Collaborative for Children and other respected project partners, Lakeshore will be giving Jewel’s Learning Center a much-needed face-lift. In addition to carpets, furniture and an assortment of educational materials, the center will be getting its very own Nature Explore Classroom courtesy of the Dimensions Foundation.

Our first visit to Jewel’s Learning Center was a great success. After visiting with the children and meeting director Charlotte Watts, we discussed the variety of upcoming projects at the center. All we can say is that we’re really looking forward to the work ahead. This is a long-term project, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted about the progress!

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Owner Jewel McFarlin and director Charlotte Watts on the day the center was awarded the makeover!
Owner Jewel McFarlin and director Charlotte Watts on the day the center was awarded the makeover!
Lakeshore’s Kevin Carnes and Richard Gomez enjoying a snack with the kids!
Lakeshore’s Kevin Carnes and Richard Gomez enjoying a snack with the kids!
Nancy Rosenow, Executive Director of Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, sharing a special moment with two of the center’s children.
Nancy Rosenow, Executive Director of Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, sharing a special moment with two of the center’s children.
Owner Jewel McFarlin telling Lakeshore’s Kevin Carnes about the history of the center.
Owner Jewel McFarlin telling Lakeshore’s Kevin Carnes about the history of the center.
Kay Albrecth, president of Innovations, discussing future plans for the center.
Kay Albrecth, president of Innovations, discussing future plans for the center.
Dimensions’ Nancy Rosenow listening to the children’s suggestions for renovating the center!
Dimensions’ Nancy Rosenow listening to the children’s suggestions for renovating the center!


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