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The Carthage Press
  • Snyder family donates to new childhood center

  • Margaret Snyder believes her two sons' lives would have been much better if the services that are planned to be housed in the Carthage School District's new early childhood center were housed in one place when they were in school.
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  • Margaret Snyder believes her two sons' lives would have been much better if the services that are planned to be housed in the Carthage School District's new early childhood center were housed in one place when they were in school.
    Snyder said that's why she's hoping others will follow her lead and help make the new Ruth I. Kolpin Rubison Early Childhood Center / W. B. Wright Early Childhood Special Services Center become a reality.
    Snyder and her family gave $10,000 to the district to help build the facility. In return, the district plans to dedicate one of the classrooms “In Memory of Tony Snyder, In Honor of Tim Snyder.”
    "Tim is so excited to hear that their names will be on the building," Margaret Snyder said. "It's something that's needed to be done for a long time and I'm glad they're finally building this."
    Tony and Tim Snyder were identical twins Margaret and Ronald Snyder adopted them as babies. Both went through the Carthage School District's special education program.
    "Timmy and Tony had special needs and went all they way through the Carthage program," Margaret Snyder said. "But I think it would have been better if the district had had the resources to put them all together."
    Tony was killed in a car accident when the twins were 24. Tim is 27 now and living in Springfield. Ronald Snyder passed away in 2011.
    The building will house the Parents As Teachers program, Early Childhood Special Education Program and Title I Preschool.
    Sometimes teachers in one of these programs see needs that could be met by one of the other programs, but they have trouble consulting with each other because they are housed in different buildings around the district.
    This new center, under construction on the old band practice field on East Fairview Avenue, will bring these programs under one roof for the first time in their history, and provide classrooms, interview rooms, office space and other facilities they need to do their jobs better.
    The district is funding two-thirds of the $3 million cost with federal money aimed at the Early Childhood Special Education and Title I Preschool programs, but it needs to raise $1 million to fund the Parents As Teachers portion.
    District officials, students and donors broke ground on the building last week in a special ceremony and donations totaling $575,000 have come in so far.
    The Steadley Trust donated $350,000, the families of Ruth I. Kolpin Rubison, and Felix Wright donated $100,000 each and the family of Helen-Louise (Hough) Elliff donated $15,000.
    Naming rights for other areas of the new early childhood center are still
    available, including several classrooms, benches, brick pavers and the Parents As Teachers
    portion of the building. The new early childhood center is under construction on East Fairview
    Page 2 of 2 - and should be completed by next spring.

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