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Masonic Learning Center Being Expanded
GRAND RAPIDS — A $200,000 expansion project is underway at the West Michigan 32nd Degree Masonic Learning Centers for Children.
The centers at 233 East Fulton are being expanded to 3,300 square feet, an increase of 2,000 square feet. Five tutoring rooms, a larger waiting room, more computer stations and testing rooms, and a conference room will be added.
The Christman Co., the project’s general contractor, has donated over $130,000 worth of services and labor to the effort and has organized 20 subcontractors to contribute time and materials to the work.
“It has been amazing to have so many companies volunteer when the Christman Co. called. We’ve had everything from carpeting to doors, and the labor it takes to put it together, volunteered on this project,” said Bill Crothers, chairman of the 32nd Degree Masonic Learning Centers.
“We saw the need for helping this great cause,” said Dan LaMore, Christman Co. project director. “The fact that lives are changed due to the unique tutoring experience is what is motivating us to help.”
The centers tutor children with dyslexia, and have done so since 1999. Tutoring is free of charge to children ages 5-18 who have been diagnosed with dyslexia.
The Frey Foundation awarded the project a $30,000 grant, while the learning centers have a $32,000 fundraising drive in progress. Call Crothers at 776-6840 for more information.
The work is expected to be finished in mid-April.