Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held for New Early Learning Center Playground

Gary Locke and Sheri Flies cut a ribbon to celebrate the ELC playground renovation on September 6.

On September 6, Bellevue College celebrated the renovation of Bellevue’s Early Learning Center (ELC) playground with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The renovation was made possible through a decades-long partnership with Costco.

“Children at this stage are developing important physical, social, and learning skills that set the foundation for success,” said Gary Locke, Interim President of Bellevue College.

The renovation replaced the playground equipment, enhanced the landscaping, and improved drainage. The renovation also created separate play areas for infants, toddlers and preschool aged children.

“The improved playground offers new opportunities for exploration and creativity,” said Locke. “We deeply appreciate Costco’s commitment to early learning at the ELC, which has spanned 20 years and contributed to the lives of so many families.”

Bellevue College’s ELC offers childcare which is designed for children ages 3 months to 6 years. Priority for enrollment is given to BC students, staff and faculty, as well as Costco employees.

“As a corporation that is dedicated to supporting education from early learning through college, we are thrilled to be involved in this partnership with BC,” said Sheri Flies, Costco’s Vice President of Global Sustainability and Compliance. “On a personal level, I have family members and children of work colleagues who attended the ELC. I know the impact that it can have on children–and it is profound.”

Last Updated September 13, 2022