SOCORRO, N.M. April 23, 2012 -- The youngsters enrolled at the New Mexico Tech Children's Center made a special parade Friday afternoon to the newly opened Macey Family Children's Center.

Children pulled wagons, rode tricycles and walked across campus to commemorate the opening of the new center. They were accompanied by staff members and parents for the leisurely stroll.

Here are a few pictures of the processional:

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These future Techies make their way to the Macey Family Children's Center in a variety of transportation modes.

Parents and staff members helped the children find their way to the new building.

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The parade was a once-in-a-lifetime event for all involved.

Photos by Edie Steinhoff/New Mexico Tech

Children helped transport some of their play things and supplies to the new building.

Everyone Invited To Cheer On 'Parade' To New Children's Center

SOCORRO, N.M. April 19, 2012 – Everyone on campus – and in the greater Socorro community – is invited to help commemorate the opening of the new Macey Family Children’s Center at 3 p.m. Friday, April 20. The parade is expected to pass between Fidel Center and Workman Center at about 3:30 p.m.

The newly constructed Macey Family Children's Center sits quiet -- for the time being. The building is ready for occupancy; the children will parade to the new center at 3 p.m. Friday, April 20.

Children help officially break ground at the site in October 2010.
Children and teachers will parade across campus – pulling wagons, riding three-wheelers and walking – from the existing center on the south of campus to the new center by Macey Center. Tech received official approval from the State of New Mexico to take occupancy of the building Tuesday, April 9.

Everyone is invited to line the “parade” course and make this occasion memorable for the children – and spectators. Staff and children will leave the existing center and make their way past the SAC and the swimming pool toward the front of Fidel Center. From the Fidel-Workman Center area, children will continue north to the statues, then head west toward the new facility.

The new $1.5 million center was purpose-built as a children’s educational center, serving pre-school youngsters age 2 to 5.

Bill Macey and his wife Cheryl provide the namesake for the new Center. Mr. Macey graduated from New Mexico School of Mines in 1942. He has been New Mexico Tech’s staunchest supporter over the years. He provided funds to construct the Macey Center in the 1980s. Macey donated the majority of the funding for the new Children’s Center, plus staked matching funds for other donations for the construction project. He also supports Tech’s highest academic award, the Macey Scholarship, which is a highly-competitive $5,000 award given to four Tech students each year.

The new Center has 6,000 square-feet of indoor space and 9,142 square-feet of outside area. The Center also has increased its capacity from 32 to 48 children.

The Macey Family Children’s Center is the only full-time year-round children’s center in the county. The new facility will allow the Center to become a five-star accredited facility, said Children’s Center Director Ann Sullivan.

The new center will have specific features that the old facility lacked. The bathrooms will open to the children’s area as well as the outdoor playground. The new building will also have conference rooms for consulting with parents in private, Sullivan said.

For those interested in touring the Center, the official grand opening is scheduled for Friday, May 4.

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech