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Daycare Center Dedication

By NIEHS
May 2006

Rich Freed, executive officer at NIEHS, was master of ceremonies at the First Environments dedication ceremony April 24.
Rich Freed, executive officer at NIEHS, was master of ceremonies at the First Environments dedication ceremony April 24. (Photo by Steve McCaw, Image Associates)

Children from First Environments led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Children from First Environments led the Pledge of Allegiance. (Photo by Steve McCaw, Image Associates)

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First Environments Early Learning Center, the daycare center NIEHS shares with EPA, officially opened April 24 with a dedication ceremony attended by government officials and Congressional representatives.

Rich Freed, executive officer of NIEHS, served as master of ceremonies, along with William Laxton, director of the EPA Office of Administration and Resources Management. Freed's daughter, Emily, attends First Environments. Congressmen Brad Miller and David Price also attended and spoke at the ceremony. The Congressmen both spoke about the 9 year appropriations battle that enabled construction of the new facility, which is located on the EPA campus near NIEHS's main campus.

NIEHS Director David Schwartz commended staff who worked to develop the energy-efficient, low chemical exposure building. That concept illustrated NIEHS's commitment to environmental sustainability, Schwartz said.



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