Lego Children's Fund strives to give back to the community

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Fri., Jun. 7, 2013
Patti Kulas, her daughter Amanda, and Brian Specht, vice president of operations at Lego Systems, Inc, at the grand opening for the Hazardville FRC. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Lego Children's Fund recently donated $80,000 to the Hazardville Family Resource Center (FRC) to help sustain its second year of operation. The organization was also largely responsible for getting the Hazardville location started last October as well as supporting it for its first year.

The FRC is an organization dedicated to providing education and support to strengthen Enfield families and the community and to ensure that children enter school ready to learn. The Hazardville location set a funding goal of $105,000 in order to continue providing their services to the community for the coming year.

“We are very grateful to Lego as they continue to support this program and make a difference in families and children in Enfield,” said FRC Coordinator Amy Morales.

The FRC in Hazardville, located at the Hazardville Memorial School, is Enfield’s second resource center in the community. The center was established as a result of Enfield’s Key Initiatives to Early Education (KITE) Community Plan with the help of Lego's $125,000 donation.

“This plan (KITE) involved all segments of the community (parents, educators, business leaders, health care providers, seniors, town leaders) coming together over a two-year period to determine what results they wanted for Enfield’s young children ages birth to 8 years old,” said Morales.

Lego Vice President of Operations Brian Specht and Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin were co-chairpersons of KITE. “Brian was able to leverage funds from the Lego Children’s Fund to help make this happen,” said Morales. “We are currently finishing up the first year of implementing this plan.”

“It was a relatively easy decision to make, to work with the Hazardville Family Resource Center, because of the type of work they do,” said Specht.

The Rotary Club of Enfield playground, located at the Enfield Public Library on Middle Road, was also a major project the Lego Children's Fund contributed to in recent years. Lego granted $250,000 to the club to use towards building the playground at the library in January 2012. The playground celebrated its grand opening last July and prides itself on its unique design which is handicap accessible.

“It's all about the children to create creativity, fun and learning and these were the key principles for us to donate to donate to the playground,” said Specht.

Over the years the Rotary Club of Enfield has dedicated itself to giving back to the community through scholarships for high school students, fundraising for different projects such as the playground and Enfield Rotary Park at the Senior Center, and providing support to many local clubs and organizations.

The Lego Children's Fund is committed to supporting organizations locally and nationally that strive to provide projects and programming to allow children to be creative in all forms.

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