Saddle Up for ACE Learning Center (formerly Project Help)

The eighth annual Saddle Up event to benefit ACE Learning Center (formerly Project Help) is slated for Thursday, July 31st at 6:30 pm at MTSU’s Foundation House, located at 324 West Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro.    For only $50 per ticket, guests can show off their favorite jeans, boots and cowboy hats while they enjoy a Western-themed evening filled with barbecue from Bob’s BBQ, beer donated by Mayday Brewery, and wine from Stones River Total Beverage. 

Guests will be treated to live music from Rhythm Kitchen as well as a “step & repeat” with Cynthia Jones Photography at Studio C.  Saddle Up also features a silent auction with special items on the “big board”.

For information on sponsoring the event and tickets, contact Saddle Up Chair Lindsey Fournier at Lindsey.fournier@gmail.com.  Proceeds from Saddle Up will go toward expanding programming, with the ultimate goal to operate a one-stop wrap-around educational and therapeutic center for families in Middle Tennessee. 

ACE Learning Center is Rutherford County’s only inclusive early learning center providing instructional programming for very young children who are aged between three months and kindergarten. Children who are developing typically play and learn alongside children who have developmental delays or diagnosed disabilities. ACE Learning Center is also the site of countless hours of “hands-on” training for university students who will be working with children and families in public or private schools.  ACE Learning Center plays a crucial role in promoting socially interactive and diverse preschool education.  Curriculum and educational activities are based on the Tennessee Early Childhood Education Early Learning Developmental Standards. 

The Ann Campbell Early (ACE) Learning Center was established in 1983 by Dr. Ann Campbell, and was known as Project Help for more than 30 years. Dr. Campbell was a professor on the faculty of the Department of Elementary and Special Education until she passed away in February 2011. In 2014, both MTSU and the Tennessee Board of Regents approved changing the center’s name to honor Dr. Campbell’s work and dedication to the university, community families and early learning for children, particularly children who have special needs.

To learn more about ACE Learning Center, call call (615) 898-2458, or visit www.mtsu.edu/acelearningcenter and the Saddle Up event page with all Silent Auction items posted daily on www.facebook.com/saddleuptobenefitacelearningcenter.

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