By Lindsay Steele
The Catholic Messenger
DAVENPORT — St. Alphonsus Early Childhood Education Center’s restrooms will become safer and more accessible this summer, thanks to a $32,000 grant from Scott County Regional Authority.
St. Alphonsus Parish Moderator Father Paul Appel accepted the grant on the center’s behalf May 25 at the Bettendorf Family Museum.
The center is located inside the former St. Alphonsus Parish school building, where Lenten fish fries and other parish events also take place. Currently, children in the center’s faith-based daycare and preschool programs must stand on benches to reach the sinks and drinking fountains. These benches have caused accidents in the past, said director Shelly McIntosh. Part of the grant money will be used to lower the sinks and drinking fountains.
Additionally, the boys’ and girls’ restroom will receive one handicap-accessible stall apiece. A partial wall near the entrance of each restroom will be removed so that wheelchairs can access the new stall. Flooring, stall partitions and paint will also be replaced. Contractors will also repair any water damage they come across.
McIntosh said the updates will help students and anyone using the building. She hopes the project will be finished in mid-summer. “I’m excited to see the improvements,” she said.