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Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation is sponsoring free admission for Sarasota County early learning educators and their families to a popular Halloween light show on Saturday, October 21.

Preschool teachers can register for “Early Learning Night” at Lights at Spooky Point, the Halloween-themed light show that Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is presenting at its Historic Spanish Point campus in Osprey.  Barancik Foundation is underwriting this special night for up to 800 guests through its Early Learning Initiative, which recognizes and celebrates the work of early childhood educators in Sarasota County.

“Early learning centers are essential to our economy and society,” says Teri A Hansen, president and CEO of Barancik Foundation.  “This special event is one small way to say ‘thank you’ to the teachers who provide our youngest learners with foundational knowledge and life skills, while also being a support system to families.”

Attendance at Early Learning Night will be limited, and educators must register in advance. Click here to register.

Two admission times are available for Early Learning Night (6:30 and 7:45 p.m.), and attendees must select an entry time when they register.  The event also will include free popcorn for guests as well as a costume contest sponsored by Children First.  Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Introduced last year by Selby Gardens, Lights at Spooky Point is a walk-through experience that transforms the Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus into “Spooky Point” each evening during the run of the show.  Guests follow a lighted path through the wooded campus, encountering fun light displays and Halloween decorations along the way.  The family-friendly show is designed to be enjoyed by all ages.

Lights at Spooky Point runs from October 13 to 31 this year, with admission tickets now on sale to the general public for every night except Early Learning Night on October 21.

For questions about Early Learning Night at Lights at Spooky Point, contact Kelly Romanoff at [email protected].

Last year’s costume contest winner, Valarie Smith from First United Methodist Church’s Early Care Center, with one of her students

About Barancik Foundation

The Charles and Margery Barancik family has long believed in the power of philanthropy to shape our world and enrich the lives of all people. It was the expression of this belief that led them in 2014 to establish Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation—a private, family foundation located in Sarasota, Florida.

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