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Nov 14, 2013 5:10 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Cuesta College receives large donation for Childrens Center

Cuesta College announced Thursday it received a large donation for its North County Campus Children's Center.

Bertha Shultz, a long-time Atascadero resident, left the Cuesta College Foundation $1,050,000 in her trust meant specifically for the Children's Center. School official say the money will be used to help build a permanent building for the center, which is currently in a modular structure.

There's no word on when the new center will be built, but it will be located near the Dale and Mary Schwartz Learning Resource Center. Students in Cuesta's Early Childhood Education degree program use the Children's Center as a hands-on educational lab. School officials say it also provides dozens of children with an early learning program.

Seven other local organizations also received money from Schultz's trust. The Atascadero and Morro Bay fire departments also received approximately $1 million. Woods Humane Society, the Rotary Club of Atascadero and North County Christian School each received $250,000. Morro Bay Friends of the Library and the Charles Paddock Zoo each received $100,000.

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