The Special Learning Center in Jefferson City, Mo. used part of a $16,000 grant from the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation to purchase new sensory and adaptive interactive play items.

The Center currently has three immobile children in the four and five year-old classroom where the equipment is used. Grant funds were also used to purchase low-height, stable shelving to house the interactive items, as well as safe rubberized floor mats.

The new technology allows children, like Blake in the photo above, to pull themselves up to interact with the toys in a safer manner. The soft surface flooring provides extra safety. For the children, these are exciting toys that give them more options at playtime.

“To Blake, they are fun toys,” executive director Stephanie Johnson said. “To our staff, the items we purchased are interactive, educational tools that help develop the children.” With the new equipment, Blake was able to pull himself up independently— something of which is a relatively new skill for him! While many children regularly play while standing, for some children this is a big accomplishment that GP M.A.D.E. has played a part in.

To learn more about the Special Learning Center, visit: www.speciallearningcenter.com.

While winter weather might have cast a cold spell over the mid-Missouri region, it hasn’t stopped game-changing community partners like Monarch Title Company, Inc., from joining the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation from getting involved to help change lives. The Foundation wishes to shine a warm spotlight on Monarch Title to thank them for stepping up in a significant way this year.

In December, Chuck and Pam Bowman of Monarch Title pledged $5 to the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation for each loan closing, and they presented a check for $2,590 to Gary and Missy Pinkel last month. Monarch will continue that generous partnership all throughout 2021, and that’s naturally got Coach Pinkel excited.

“I can’t say enough about Chuck and Pam and the entire team at Monarch Title,” said Pinkel, President of the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation. “They run a first-class operation and that’s proven out by the commitment they make to the community, and to our foundation as well,” said the winningest coach in Mizzou Football history.

The partnership was a natural fit for Monarch Title Company, said CEO/Co-Owner Chuck Bowman.

“Pam and I both feel giving back to the community is a priority and a prerequisite for any business owner or leader,” said Bowman. “When we met Gary and Missy we were impressed by their passion, kindness, and desire to help others. These attributes not only fit our personal culture and values, but fit the Monarch organizational goals to give back to the community. Our wonderful staff are also very involved and especially drawn to helping children and youth that need assistance to get them on a path of success,” he added.

Bowman said the unique giving model is one he hopes others emulate.

“Pam and I wanted to come up with a unique way to give back to GP M.A.D.E based on our company profitability,” he said. “We thought this could be a protocol or practice that other business owners and executives could follow based on their own business model and profits, and we are hopeful that others would see the value and impact they can have on others’ lives by giving to this wonderful organization,” he said.

Donations to the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation are easily and securely made by visiting www.gpmade.org.