SOMETHING’S COOKING — Christine Lewis, executive director of The Children’s League (left) received a donation from former student Lisa Ahrens (right).
SPRINGVILLE — Lisa Ahrens graduated from the League for the Handicapped Inc. Preschool Learning Center in 1977. During her preschool years, she built a foundation of skills that allowed her to progress through the West Valley school system. She attended classes at West Valley Central School and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services. After graduating from high school, Ahrens moved on to programs offered through Suburban Adult Services in Sardinia. A group home resident, she now works at constructing jewelry boxes and maintaining soda machines at several SASi locations.
Recently, Ahrens donated a selection of bakeware that will be used by the children and staff at The Children’s League. She also presented a check to the school, for the purchase of educational materials for the classrooms. The Children’s League, as the school is now known, has 12 classrooms serving children from ages 2-8 with all types of developmental disabilities. Three of the classrooms collaborate with Springville Head Start. “Lisa’s generosity will have a very positive impact for the classrooms,” said executive director Christine Lewis.
During Ahren’s years at the preschool, the school was located in the United Methodist Church on Main Street in Springville. In 1986, the league built its own building at 393 North Street. At the North Street location, The Children’s League serves more than 200 children.