by Cynthia Tierney on October 23, 2014

114_2504On one of the last warm days in Orofino, the new, Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Head Start Center (LCECP) embraced the donors and citizens who brought the relocation project to fruition. In the picture below Executive Director, Alice Weaver, speaks to our honored guest, Sam Penney, of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee.  The Nez Perce Tribe awarded $20,000 to the project through their Local Education Funding disbursement.114_2521

Sam Penney is former chairman and member of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee (NPTEC). He was first elected to NPTEC in 1989 and served through May 2010. Sam served thirteen years as Chairman of NPTEC and four years as Vice-Chairman and held numerous assignments during his years on NPTEC. He has extensive knowledge and experience about the federal legislative process. Penney has provided testimony before U.S. Congress and worked with members of Congress in advocating on behalf of the Nez Perce Tribe regarding federal legislation and the protection of Nez Perce treaty reserved rights. Sam also has knowledge on how the judicial branch (federal courts) and executive branch (President and Administration) of the federal government operates. Read more…


On October 21, the Lewiston Tribune celebrated the opening of the LCECP Head Start Center on the front page. Reporter Chelsea Embree visited Orofino to get some very nice pictures of the classroom in action. The Tribune has invited us to share that file with  you. Simply follow the link: LCECP Orofino Center LMT 10-21-14

A touching tribute to the many people who contributed to the relocation project greets visitors to the center as they enter the building. It reads Thank You: Nez Perce Tribe Local Education Program Fund, Orofino Joint School District #171, Orof114_2522ino Friends of LCECP, Donors, Volunteers, Businesses and Organizations.

Pictured left, our guests gather for the presentation. The ribbon cutting ceremony follows, and then a tour of the facility.





Though the town of Orofino was sleepy on September 20, Orofino Kiwanis Club raised nearly $600.00 to help with the final costs of the LCECP Orofino Head Start Project. While Misty Tolman and her niece, Drew Lashly, of TimberJack’s Pet Services, handled the dogs, dog owners and other curious community members enjoyed Teresa Stolte’s tour of the new facility.

Pictured left are Diane Cochran, Kiwanis Member; Misty Tolman, TimberJack’s Pet Services; Teresa Stolte, LCECP Education Manager and weekend volunteer; Lyn Anderson, Kiwanis President and Orofino’s premier Avon Lady, posing with a freshly washed golden retriever. “He’s an air freshener,” his owner quipped. Other Kiwanis volunteers for the event included Bernice Pullen, Danelle Pederson and Doug Crockett. iStock_000012720633Small

Community supporter, Paul Pippenger, was among the folks who toured the facility. He was surprised, he said, by the spaciousness of the classroom, expecting to see tight cubicles for various activities. He was pleased at the layout and especially appreciated the craftsmanship reflected in the remodel. (Thank you General Operations Coordinator, Ron Reynolds, for a masterful orchestration of the many complicated and time consuming activities necessary to pull off the project in time for the beginning of the school year.)

After his tour, Mr. Pippenger visited the bakery exchange and donated a $50.00 bill for one of Cindy Freeman’s  tasty pies. (Cindy, a staff member of American West Bank, baked 6 pies for the fundraiser.) Ronatta’s Cakery also contributed glorious-looking pies that were exchanged for donations from eager donors.114_2480

Early in 2013, Joe Pippenger, formerly mayor of Orofino and owner of Panhandle Powerwash, stepped forward to be the president of the dynamic Friends of Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program, whose other officers included Sarah Johnson, Amber Hanes Miller, and Teresa Stolte (LCECP Education Manager). Teresa  gave up many a day off for the Friends group and together with her husband, Glen, generously supported the project.

The Friends group was able to raise an incredible $30,000 in donations from individuals, 114_2489businesses and organizations in just 2 summers. The Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee donated another $20,000, and a supplemental Head Start grant for $156,000 gave us most of what we needed to pay for the new facility.Pictured left, the elegant Lily allowing her person (Lindsey Smalley)  to lead her to the hoses. When finished, she shook herself, licked the dog groomers and bounded about like a resplendently white,  royal princess puppy.

Orofino community loves TimberJack’s Pet Services owned by Misty Tolman pictured at right. Judging by the trusting face of the Corgi (owned by Teresa and Glen Stolte), the dogs love her, too. Another terrific dog groomer, Kathy Deyo, volunteered in 2013. We appreciate the efforts of Misty and Kathy! Obviously, we couldn’t have a dog wash without them. Thanks also to Jill Renner. Among the tasty bakery goods she donated were home made dog treats to distract dogs from the cold water baths. Bribery works with dogs, too.

With fundraising efforts wrapping up, we encourage donors, businesses and organizations to attend the OPEN HOUSE and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, October 13, 2014, 4:30 p.m. You’ll find us across from the IGA on Orofino Elementary School grounds.  Celebrate this awesome community achievement with us!

Orofino Open House Flyer Oct 2014

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