Volunteers from First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica’s Nursery School reorganized and built two new “learning studios” at St. Joseph Center’s Early Learning Center childcare facility in Santa Monica on Saturday, June 3rd.

Working all day, volunteers from the church and St. Joseph Center built four studios, which are small areas within the learning center’s two classrooms where children can focus on art or communication.

In the art studio, children can draw and paint while learning about colors and shapes.

The communication area, complete with mailboxes and envelopes, gives children a chance to write letters to each other, their parents and learning center staff.

Aside from building the studios, volunteers helped scrub learning center classrooms, reorganized other areas within each classroom, and installed three handmade bookshelves.

First Presbyterian Nursery School also procured $6,000 in donations from local stores, including Busy Bee Hardware, Abbot’s Habit, OSH (Orchard Supply Hardware) and the 99 Cent Store.

St. Joseph Center’s Early Learning Center serves 32 homeless, formerly homeless and low-income children ages 18 months to five years in an environment that helps them develop mental and physical tools to succeed in school.

The learning center also offers parenting classes and other resources to help the entire family move toward greater health and stability. Information, www.st josephctr.org

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