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Margaret N. Perry Children's Center celebrates 25 years


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin’s Margaret N. Perry Children’s Center will celebrate 25 years in its current location with a ceremony from 3:30-4:30 p.m., April 30, outside the facility.

The center, originally known as the “Happy House,” was first located on Moody Avenue to the east of campus before relocating to Pat Head Summitt Drive. It was later named for Dr. Margaret Perry, UT Martin’s sixth chancellor, on Aug. 12, 1998. Perry served as chancellor from 1986-1997.

Leanne Snider, center director, says 1,279 children have been enrolled at the children’s center since the current building opened March 12, 1993. The center is licensed to keep 99 children between six weeks and 12 years of age and is manned by 18 teaching staff members, one cook and 14 UT Martin student employees.

The Perry Children’s Center was the last campus building constructed by the UT Martin Physical Plant, and many of those employees are still working on campus today.

The anniversary program will include remarks from Perry as well as Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin’s current chancellor, and Snider. A short performance will be given by the pre-kindergarten children.

The event is open to the general community. The families of both past and present center enrollees, as well as any past employees or student workers, are particularly invited to attend. In the event of rain, the celebration will be moved inside the building.

For more information, contact the center at 731-881-7715.


PHOTO ID: (l-r) Former University of Tennessee System President Joe Johnson, Dr. Margaret Perry, UT Martin’s sixth chancellor, and then-chancellor Dr. Philip Conn, are pictured during the August 1998 naming ceremony for what is now the Margaret N. Perry Children’s Center.

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