A new sign will be going up at the site of the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. Thanks to a generous $15,000 grant from Agrium.
In accepting the contribution from Plant Manager Mike Nugent last week at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon, President of the Challenger Board of Directors John Williams said, "It's going to be a sign that will represent the Challenger Center as an entity within the community and it's being sponsored by Agrium and represents the community partnership that the Center continues to be."
Agrium has continued to be involved with youth sponsoring such partnerships as the "Caring For the Kenai" environmental awareness contest, since they purchased the fertilizer plant in Nikiski from Unocal several years ago. "What the Challenger Center is doing follows our philosophy at Agrium of helping to develop the community and especially the youth within our community. It's aligned with programs such as Caring For the Kenai and is what we like to support in the community," said Agrium Plant Manager Mike Nugent.
According to Williams the design for Phase II of the Center, which includes dormitory facilities, will be complete by December 13th and ready to go out to bid by March 1st, contract awarded by April 1st, and under construction by May 1st. "There will be 9,300 square feet doubling the size of the Center. The dormitories will house up to 36 students and 4 adults, and two additional classrooms," said Williams.
A community bar-b-que is tentatively being planned for the groundbreaking ceremony around the 1st of May.
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