Children First recently honored philanthropists John and Elenor Maxheim with the naming of the “John & Elenor Maxheim Library” at the organization’s Dr. Elaine Marieb Early Learning Center in Newtown. The Maxheims have been supporters of Children First in numerous ways over the past seven years. Elenor has served on the board of directors and was co-chair of the $3.8 million Raise Your Hand Campaign, a recent initiative to enhance and expand programs serving at-risk children and families.
In combining their contributions of time and advocacy with financial support, the Maxheims have assisted many families in crisis. From helping a homeless family have a place to call their own, to providing a car for a mother in need of safe transportation, this couple’s impact has been tremendous. After also making a significant gift to the Raise Your Hand Campaign, Children First leaders recognized the Maxheims with the naming of the library on April 5.
“John and Elenor have impacted so many areas of Children First. It seemed fitting to name the library for them as it serves not only our children but teachers and families as well,” said President and CEO Philip Tavill. “Thanks to the generous financial support and leadership of people like the Maxheims, Children First was able to reach its goal for the Raise Your Hand Campaign. We are grateful for their belief in the work that we do.”
Children First is Sarasota County’s exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services. Through its programs, Children First cares for the “whole child,” ensuring they receive the care and tools necessary to succeed in kindergarten and for a lifetime. The organization also focuses on family strengthening, offering free classes, workshops, and one-on-one support for parents of enrolled children. For more information about Children First, please call (941) 953-3877 or go to childrenfirst.net.
PHOTO ID (ATTACHED): (From l-r) Children First Vice President of Development, Carol Butera, John and Elenor Maxheim, and Children First President & CEO Philip Tavill during the dedication of the John & Elenor Maxheim Library
About Children First:
Founded in 1961 and designated as one of the top 10 Head Start programs in the country, out of 1,800 similar programs nationwide, Children First strengthens children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being. At 13 sites throughout Sarasota County, Children First offers full-day preschool, infant and toddler care, as well as nutrition and health care assistance, to children ages birth to five years old from low-income families. Through Children First, the children receive the social and cognitive skills needed to enter kindergarten and elementary school on track. For more information, call (941) 953-3877 or go to childrenfirst.net.