New school in town

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 09:27 AM.

“When the local community gets behind projects like that, they happen.”

And that is the private side of the creation of the facility.

The St. Joe Company donated the land. The Kiwanis Club sponsored one classroom and the Early Learning Coalition, Capital City Bank, Centennial Bank and the United Way all provided various levels of funding.

Gulf Correctional Institute and its inmates, along with private citizens built playhouses and other items to be raffled for the new center. A golf tournament raised more funding from the community.

It was all part of Gaskin’s mission and pledge on one federal loan – “You get me that $300,000 and I will turn it into $5 million.”

“This was a seven-year plan and you do not do a project like this in a small community without the support of the community,” Gaskin said. “Locally we had so much support.

“We have been blessed with all-stars from the private sector, the community and local, state and federal governments.”

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