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Pearl Buck Center Changes with the Times

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Pearl Buck Center is getting ready for one of its biggest fundraisers to help some of its smallest clients — its annual benefit breakfast.

The center primarily offers services to those with developmental disabilities.

Thirty students from 28 families are currently enrolled at Pearl Buck Preschool, enjoying a healthy meal, learning literacy, number skills, and how to socialize.

The Pearl Buck School started 60 years ago. United Way fronted funding to help children with developmental disabilities.

Craig Newell, at age 6, was one of the first students to attend. He’s now 52 and still benefiting from Pearl Buck programs. Newel is enrolled in L.E.A.P. (Life Enhancement Activities Program).

But the school he attended years ago changed with the times. Children with development disabilities entered the public education system in 1970s. That’s when Pearl Buck School became a preschool.

To this day, their programs are helping children get a head start on learning.

The You’ve Got a Friend benefit breakfast is happening Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 a.m. at Lane Community College.

It’s a catered breakfast with guest speakers and entertainment. Click here for more information.

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