New school in town

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

 The new center also expands the educational infrastructure of the county.

“This is impressive,” said Loretta Costin, director of the Gulf/Franklin campus of Gulf Coast State College. “We are so fortunate to have a facility like this.”

Barry Sellers, director of the Economic Development Council, said that when potential clients see the corridor of U.S. 98 in which stands Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, the Gulf/Franklin campus and now the NFCD facility they will come away impressed.

“Not many counties have these kind of facilities to offer,” Sellers said. “Education and economic development are one. This is the beginning of economic development, providing the education and medical services young children need.”

 Southerland, who was present and keynote speaker for the official groundbreaking a little more than a year ago, echoed many of Sellers sentiments. He noted the importance of a facility bringing programs and services to children up to age 5 and their families.

“It is really an honor to see a vision crystallized,” Southerland said. “When you have a vision, you grow strong and you will not perish. When that vision grows, good things happen. America is a country where if you dream it it will happen.

“We are going to grow healthy children, we are going to grow healthy parents and we are going to grow the relationship between them. As a family grows so grows the nation. I challenge you not to rest, to not be complacent.”



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