Hopkins House received a $500,000 donation that will be used to upgrade its preschool building in Old Town, expand enrollment at its preschool academy in Fairfax County and be used to explore the possibility of opening a new preschool in Herndon.
Brenda and Mark Moore of Herndon donated the holiday gift.
"This is an extraordinary gift from two extraordinarily generous and caring individuals," said Hopkins House President, J. Glenn Hopkins. "This single gift, the largest in the organization's history, will directly impact over 560 children, parents, and educators."
Hopkins told Patch that the Old Town preschool will be allocated some of the funds to upgrade its security system “given incidents that happened in places like Connecticut.” It also will receive cosmetic changes such as new paint and landscaping.
The organization plans to expand the Fairfax County preschool by adding five new staff members and 24 more children. It currently serves 100 children, mostly from the Mount Vernon area community.
That preschool is a military-designated facility for serving primarily military families. Its needs have expanded with the arrival of the Department of Defense BRAC building.
The nonprofit also plans to explore the possibility of opening a new preschool in Herndon.
"Hopkins House is a very effective organization, helping children, young people, and adults to be successful in school and life," said Brenda Moore in a statement. "My husband and I are so pleased to be able to give back to our community by helping Hopkins House prepare children for success in school and life, and to help teens and adults prepare for college and a meaningful career."
Hopkins House operates two preschool academies and a college program in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College.
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