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Rockingham Discovery Place KIDS could get $2 million

Staff reports

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- The Leon Levine Foundation will commit $2 million toward the planned Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham if the museum's campaign can raise $9.6 million by Dec. 31.

The Rockingham location will be the second Discovery Place KIDS in the Carolinas following the October opening of Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville. Discovery Place KIDS museums offer creative learning experiences for younger children.

The Levine Foundation was founded by Family Dollar's Leon Levine and his wife Sandra. Born in Wadesboro and raised in Rockingham, Leon Levine began his career at his family’s department store, The Hub, located at what is now 115 South Lee Street in Rockingham.

“I am honored to be able to give back to the community that welcomed my parents and supported my siblings and me and our family business,” Leon Levine said in a press release. “A Discovery Place KIDS in Rockingham will create educational experiences for children that will have lasting impact on the region for now and generations to come. My parents would be proud to see this kind of unique opportunity coming to their home city.”

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