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April 1, 2023

The Learning Experience Partners with Make-A-Wish Foundation to Host Nationwide Fundraiser

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Inspired by The Learning Experience's preschool philanthropy curriculum, "Let"s Grant Wishes" campaign teaches children about the importance of kindness and helping others while raising funds for Make-A-Wish

April 01, 2022 // // Deerfield Beach, Fla. - The Learning Experience® has partnered with Make-A-Wish® Foundation as it hosts the nationwide fundraiser, Let's Grant Wishes, beginning Friday, April 1. The month-long fundraising event will take place at The Learning Experience centers with over 300 locations across the country coming together to inspire hope and grant life-changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses.

Throughout the month of April, preschool children at The Learning Experience centers will learn about Make-A-Wish, the importance of kindness and helping others, and the positive difference they can make in the world when they work together. Guided by teachers and The Learning Experience's philanthropy curriculum characters "Charity Chihuahua" and "Grace the Greyhound," children will engage in philanthropic activities, participate in group projects, and create unique arts and crafts as centers and families raise donations through online fundraising pages and special events.

"We are extremely proud of our lasting partnership with Make-A-Wish as we teach children across the country the value of generosity and kindness both in and out of the classroom," said Brad Wahl, Chief Brand Officer of The Learning Experience. "We look forward to bringing all of our centers, families, and communities together to inspire hope, create a meaningful impact, and grant life-changing wishes while educating children about the powerful life lesson of philanthropy."

To kickoff Let's Grant Wishes in April, The Learning Experience and its "Bubbles and Friends" educational video series for kids launched a special episode dedicated to Riley Rose and The Sherman Family, who are part of The Learning Experience and Make-A-Wish families. In 2019, The Sherman's established The Riley Rose Foundation, a namesake foundation established to keep their daughter’s spirit and joy alive by funding research grants to hospitals battling childhood cancer and purchasing, filling, and maintaining Riley Rose Art Carts, which are filled with a variety of arts and crafts supplies and brought to patients who are either inpatient in the hospital or in the clinic receiving live-saving treatments.

The Learning Experience's Let's Grant Wishes nationwide fundraiser is an extension of its proprietary philanthropy curriculum which was created in partnership with Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. It is dedicated to continuously educating the youngest of learners the value and application of kindness and generosity in class, at home, and in their communities. Through weekly lessons, activities, and fundraising events for nonprofit organizations, the philanthropy curriculum teaches children it doesn't matter how big or small you are, it's the size of your heart that matters.

In addition to instilling powerful life lessons in children, The Learning Experience's philanthropy curriculum has helped contribute millions in monetary donations and gifts to a variety of nonprofit organizations in communities across the country, including more than $1.4 million for Make-A-Wish through its annual nationwide fundraising campaign that began in 2018. The Learning Experience CEO and Co-Founder Richard Weissman has also been a longtime board member of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida and was appointed chairman of the nonprofit organization's chapter in 2020.

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