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ULM Child Development Center partners with local business for fundraiser

Published October 19, 2014

Newk’s Eatery in Monroe will host a fundraiser for the University of Louisiana at Monroe Child Development Center on Tuesday, October 21, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m to raise money for repairs caused by the recent tornado.

Ten percent of every purchase will benefit the ULM Child Development Center, located on Cole Avenue.


 The ULM Child Development Center received extensive tree and wind damage during the Monday, October 13 tornado. Repairs and replacements will have to be made to the Center’s fencing, playground equipment and bus. As the Center also lost power for an entire week, a large number of children’s meals had to removed and discarded.





“We had several projects in the works, and this event scheduled, but in light of the storm damage, repairs to the facilities and replacement of food will take precedence over those projects at this time” Emily Williamson, Director of the Child Development Center, said.

The Center has canceled several field trips since their bus was crushed by a tree. “The bus is equipped with special safety seats that are going to be very expensive to replace,” Williamson said.

The CDC reopened today after being closed for a week because of the damage and lack of electricity. 


Trees and the majority of debris have been cleared by the University, and breakers boxes have been restored.

The south side of the building will remain closed because the playground and outside classrooms received major damage. No injuries were reported.

For more information about the fundraiser, please contact  Emily Williamson at ewilliamson@ulm.edu or 342-1913 or Nell-Garwood Garvey at ngarvey@ulm.edu or 342-1004.