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Cville Track Club Presents Check to Barrett Early Learning Center

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

A Charlottesville childcare center that nearly closed its doors last year because it was running out of money just got a big boost.

The Charlottesville Track Club president handed over a $65,000 check to the Barrett Early Learning Center Tuesday morning.

That money comes from the 2,400 registered runners in this year's Charlottesville 10 Miler. It will support scholarships for children and the development of a long-term plan for the center.

“We knew they were really, really strapped, and the money we can generate from the 10 Miler we knew would make a huge difference,” said Debra Gilbert, Charlottesville Track Club president.

“We can now get everything in a very solid place to make sure the center can carry on and do its work,” said Maria Bell, Barrett Early Learning Center board member.

Barrett Early Learning Center is the oldest childcare center in Virginia.

It now serves 45 children. That's nearly four times the enrollment when the center nearly closed last summer.

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