These happy youngsters take advantage of the new playground at the Weinberg Early Learning Center in Midtown Atlanta. PHOTO / The Temple

These happy youngsters take advantage of the new playground at the Weinberg Early Learning Center in Midtown Atlanta. PHOTO / The Temple

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A dream is now reality for families and their children at the Weinberg Early Learning Center (WELC), a preschool for Jewish children operated by The Temple in midtown Atlanta. Construction was recently completed on a new recreational area known as Sonia’s Playground.

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The playground is currently serving children enrolled in summer day camp and will be a popular center of attraction for children registered for the fall semester at WELC. Together with a premiere preschool curriculum, the revitalization to the outdoor play facility (particularly the state-of-the-art splash pad) will enhance the children’s complete learning and play experience.

Gayle Csehy, the parent of a rising pre-K student and the incoming parent association co-chair, is thrilled with the development.

“We all know the face – the wild eyes and big opened mouth – when our kids see something they know they are going to love,” she said. “Parents of children at the Weinberg Early Learning Center have now seen that face on their children as they watch them play on Sonia’s Playground for the first time.”

The design of Sonia’s Playground encompasses a vision of success that includes all new innovative equipment for gross motor development including climbers, swings, slides, sandboxes, playhouses, basketball, trike paths and rubber and turf surfaces.

“With a safely padded blue ground and light brown pathways that look like roads, kids can ride one of several cool trikes and stop at the swings,” Csehy added. “A giant hourglass tells them when their turn is over. [And] all of this fun is followed by a huge jungle gym with slides, climbers and a hideout underneath.

“Next, children will find the large plastic basketball hoop with four holes, and at the very end of it all, the ultimate playground amenity: the Splash Pad, a contained area of fountains and moving animal head spouts that the kids can control.

“All you can hear are giggles and squeals of delight as the kids come out soaking wet with glee.”

The construction was made possible by many of The Temple’s congregants, including current and future WELC families, grandparents, alumni and community supporters.

For more information about the Weinberg Early Learning Center, contact Edye Summerfield, director, at esummerfield@the-temple.org or (404) 872-8668 or visit the-temple.org.

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