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In the Community

At Lakeshore, we’re proud members of the communities we serve. So, when there’s an opportunity to lend a helping hand or to share some exciting news about our friends, we leap at the chance. Take a peek for yourself!
Making a Difference in Moore
Moore, Oklahoma

We all were distraught over the damage brought on by the category 5 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20, 2013. Some of the hardest-hit buildings included two public elementary schools that were in the tornado’s direct path.

Karen Marinelli, a first-grade teacher at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, selflessly protected three of her students—and undoubtedly saved their lives—as she shielded them from a brick wall that crumbled on her back. She has since had surgery and is in a wheelchair for the time being. However, she refuses to give up her passion and continues to teach at a nearby school while Plaza Towers is rebuilt.
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Lakeshore Receives 2013 National Arbor Day Award
Carson, CA

On Saturday, April 27, 2013, the Arbor Day Foundation presented Lakeshore with the prestigious Rachel Carson Award in recognition of our efforts to connect children with nature and inspire educators across the country to do the same. Previous National Arbor Day Award winners include the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, veteran newsman Bill Kurtis, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Mary Kay Inc.
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Lakeshore’s Kids & Company Uses Early Childhood Software in Classrooms
Carson, CA

At Kids & Company, learning just got more interactive—and more fun! We recently introduced Lakeshore’s new early childhood software into our curriculum for 3- to 5-year-olds, and our teachers and children are having a blast!
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DonorsChoose.org: Supporting Public Education One Teacher at a Time
New York, NY

For those of you who don’t know about them, we’d like to tell you a little about DonorsChoose.org. They are a highly respected nonprofit online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students, teachers and classrooms in need. In fewer than 10 years, they have raised over $92.7 million and helped over 5.5 million students in public schools around the country!
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Special Olympics Event Raises More Than $1.1 Million
Santa Monica, CA

A number of Lakeshore employees recently headed out to Pacific Park in Santa Monica to participate in Pier del Sol, an annual fund-raising event that supports Special Olympics Southern California. The day was an overwhelming success—with over 2,500 people attending. In fact, this was the most successful fund-raising event in the history of Special Olympics Southern California, raising more than $1.1 million!
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The National Head Start Association:
Keeping the Window of Opportunity Open for At-Risk Children

Access to early childhood education provides a critical window of opportunity for young children in need—and the National Head Start Association is fighting to keep that window open!
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Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®
Carson, CA

On October 6, 2011, children across the country attempted to break a world record—by sitting down together to read! Read for the Record® is an annual event organized by Jumpstart, an early education organization that helps children build the language and literacy skills they need to succeed in school. Last year, Jumpstart led over 2 million children in reading the same book on the same day. This year, they wanted to beat that record—and Lakeshore wanted to help!
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The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Michigan: Giving Hope, Strength & Joy to Children
Sterling Heights, Michigan

Lakeshore recently had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in something truly incredible—working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan to make one little girl’s dream come true. The Make-A-Wish Foundation—which works to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions—contacted us about hosting a very special girl named Emma.
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Child Care Aware: Helping Out in Joplin
Joplin, Missouri

From employees of disaster relief organizations to students raising funds through the sale of lemonade and T-shirts, people from all over the country are rallying to support the tornado-ravaged community of Joplin, Missouri.
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Making a Difference in Mississippi
Jackson, Mississippi

With floodwaters rising throughout western Mississippi, state and federal authorities are working day and night to provide disaster relief to the nearly 250,000 people who live in the affected areas. As more residents seek shelter, the lives of young children are being severely disrupted, and Lakeshore is happily stepping in to lend a hand.
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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.
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From Haiti to Home in Colorado
Denver, Colorado

Among the many thousands of children affected by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti were dozens of orphans already in the process of being adopted by loving families in Colorado.

Knowing that these children were frightened, without reliable shelter, and in many cases injured, Governor Bill Ritter and the Colorado Department of Human Services worked with both Haitian and international relief officials to get these children to their new homes as quickly as possible.
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Giving Back to the Gulf Coast Child Care Community
New Orleans, Louisiana

On June 7, Lakeshore, along with Exchange magazine, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, and Teaching Strategies, sponsored a day of “Replenishing, Rebuilding & Rejuvenating” on the grounds of Delgado Community College. The event was designed to celebrate the resilience of the Gulf Coast early childhood community.
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A Group Effort for a Great Group of Kids
Just before noon on May 22, several tornadoes ripped through northern Colorado. The Windmill Child Enrichment Center in Windsor was hit particularly hard, losing a large part of its roof and thousands of dollars in materials. Thankfully, through the quick thinking and action of teachers, none of the children and staff present were injured.
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An Opportunity to Volunteer in Our Own Backyard
San Pedro, California

The Ernest P. Willenberg Special Education Center in San Pedro, California, serves a diverse range of students from pre-k to age 21. For several years, the staff has provided a nurturing, progressive environment for those with moderate to severe learning disabilities and physical disabilities.
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Serving Southland Kids Displaced by Wildfires
San Diego / San Bernardino, California

As wildfires erupted all over the Southland from Santa Barbara County to the Mexican border, thousands were forced to evacuate quickly. A San Diego public schools representative soon contacted Lakeshore. We were told that 15,000 students had already been displaced and had to spend the night in Qualcomm Stadium, one of the evacuation centers. We sprang into action, calling the head of the San Diego Teachers Union to find out what was needed and where to send it.
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In Katrina’s Wake
New Orleans, Louisiana / Houston, Texas

Hurricane Katrina wreaked unimaginable devastation on the Gulf Coast—and turned thousands of families into evacuees overnight. As countless individuals and organizations turned out to help with disaster relief, a call from Houston, Texas, gave Lakeshore an amazing opportunity to contribute to the relief effort.
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