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Leadership class improves center for kids

Published May 9, 2007


ST. PETERSBURG - The children's center at Mt. Zion Progressive Baptist Church has an array of new amenities, thanks to the Leadership St. Pete Class of 2007.

As its annual community capital improvement project, the class raised more than $50, 000 in cash and in-kind donations to renovate five rooms and an outdoor learning environment at the center, 945 20th St. S.

More than two dozen members worked from dawn until dusk Saturday to complete the project.

Crews created a "dinosaur dig" outside that includes irrigation, a butterfly garden and native plants. Local artist Herbert Davis added a mural, said project coordinator Jenn Maxwell, who is president of the St. Petersburg Police Athletic League.

The class also created a teacher's conference lounge and a creative arts lab. Raymond James donated 10 computers to the computer lab, and new desks and storage areas were installed.

Members painted a prekindergarten room and ordered new furniture and supplies. They also installed new sinks, shelving, cabinets, tables, chairs, a flat-screen TV and a VCR, and supplied new toys and games.

They replaced doors and have established a post-project goal to install new windows in the pre-K room.

The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors Leadership St. Pete, which is a program to help young professionals understand the community and get involved in it.

[Last modified May 8, 2007, 20:26:26]

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