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Annual Piggy Bank Fundraiser Supports Early Childhood Education

Posted on July 8, 2022

Johnstown, PA (July 8, 2022) – If you spot a hand-painted piggy bank around the region, please dig out some pocket change and support The Learning Lamp’s Be the CHANGE fundraiser. The campaign invites people to join together to increase access to early childhood programs so local children can reach their full potential. The adorable banks, which were hand-painted by area children, will be on display at partner businesses through August 15, 2022.

Ninety percent of brain development happens between the ages of birth and five years. It is a critical time for children. When children are engaged in high quality early learning experiences, it sets them on the path to success. Your contribution will help increase child care and preschool quality access across our region. Study after study shows that students who attend quality preschool are less likely to show signs of anxiety or drop out of school. When children start school ready to learn, they are more likely to graduate. Be on the lookout for the chance to Be the CHANGE at the following locations:


1st Summit Bank (multiple locations)

1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health

Balance Restaurant

Bantley Hardware


Big Dogz Bar and Grill

Blaine Boring’s Candy

Brownstown Volunteer Firemen’s Club

Capri Pizza Richland

Classic Elements


Family Hair Care

Flood City Cafe

Forest Hills Veterinary

Fox’s Pizza Richland

Geistown VFW

Hope Cyclery

Jacqueline’s Aesthetics

Johnstown Fire Department

Laurel View Village

Luna Azteca Westmont

Main Street Hobby

Makin’ Waves Hair Salon

Northwest Bank

Nyko’s Restaurant

Reaman’s Auto

Roxberry Creamery

Ryan’s Artisan Goods

Santo’s Pizza

Sharky’s Sales and Service

Southfork VFW

Sporting Goods Discounters

Stonebridge Brewery

Sublime Hair Salon Westmont

The Haven Lounge & Six Pack Shoppe

814 Lanes

The Johnstown Inn

The Meadows

The Morning Grind

The Ranger Mini Golf

The Windber Hotel

TNC’s Lounge

Tony’s Subs

Valley Dairy Richland

West Hills Beer and Soda

Westmont Rexall

Zeke’s Pizza.

 “This year, we’re hoping to raise more money for little learners than ever before,” said Kathleen Morrell, The Learning Lamp’s Director of Development. “We are excited to have the support of many local businesses who have graciously adopted a piggy bank to host at their locations for the next six weeks. And to those individuals who drop some coins or a dollar or two into our banks in support of early learning, thank you, because the change you donate may end up changing a child’s life.”

New to the campaign in 2022 is an online option where businesses and individuals can host a fundraiser through Facebook and use social media to invite friends, family, and coworkers to donate to a piggy bank virtually.

There is still time to host a pig of your own. If you would like to adopt a piggy bank or hold a Be the CHANGE fundraiser on Facebook, call Kathleen Morrell at 814-262-0732 extension 233. For more information on The Learning Lamp’s early learning programs, visit thelearninglamp.org.


The Learning Lamp is a nonprofit organization with a mission to engage all children in the support they need to succeed. We deliver high quality programs that are affordable and accessible to families of all income levels. In 2021, The Learning Lamp served 28,160 youth/adults from 51 school districts and 69 other schools and organizations in 19 Pennsylvania counties. Our programs include: child care and preschool, after school programs, tutoring, SAT prep, online learning, credit recovery, alternative education and specialized classrooms for at-risk students, trauma support groups for children/families, temporary staffing, and grant writing and project consulting for schools.

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