Senate District 18
John Eklund
Eklund Visits Learning Center Supporting Students with Developmental Disabilities
January 14, 2016
Senator Eklund meets with staff and students at the Dahlberg-Gibson Learning Center

State Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) visited the Dahlberg-Gibson Learning Center in Columbus today to learn more about the important work being done in regard to academic services in a specialized education environment. 

"I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the amazing children and staff at Dahlberg-Gibson this morning," said Eklund. "The support and services provided to students and families here is invaluable during these early stages of personal development and I was overwhelmed by the nurturing environment this center strives to ensure."

Dahlberg-Gibson Learning Center educates one to five year olds, taking an approach that fosters social, physical and emotional independence. The Center is part of a collaboration between the Association for the Developmentally Disabled and Hattie Larlham, which together provide services to almost 3,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the region.

"It is important that we support the students, families and communities that rely on learning centers such as Dahlberg-Gibson," said Eklund. "They ideally compliment the purposeful work Hattie Larlham does so well in and around Portage County."

Dahlberg-Gibson Learning Center was created in 1974 and currently serves as many as 140 special needs and typically developing children each school year, as well as 60 students through a summer camp program.

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