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Grant helps nonprofit expand into Forsyth
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Among those taking part in a recent grant presentation from the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia to Lekotek of Georgia were, from left, Judy Waters, Helene Prokesch, Kristen Popham and Sandra Moore. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

CUMMING — The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia recently awarded a $2,500 grant to Lekotek of Georgia, a nonprofit that helps children with disabilities learn through play.

According to a news release from the foundation, the grant comes from an endowed account specifically designated to serve those in need in Forsyth County.

In a statement, director Helene Prokesch said the grant “will make it possible for Lekotek to expand services at our satellite office in Cumming.” Previous foundation grants made it possible for the nonprofit to expand into Gwinnett.

According to the news release, the word "Lekotek" comes from the Swedish work "lek," meaning play, and the Greek suffix "tek," meaning library. Loosely translated, Lekotek means “play library.”

But to hundreds of families, the Atlanta-based nonprofit is a safe haven from medical appointments and therapies, as well as a place to find resources and support while children have fun and learn. 

“We have seen firsthand the amazing and inspiring work Lekotek does,” said Judy Waters, the foundation’s executive director. “… They are changing lives and bringing families closer together each and every day.”

Lekotek’s Cumming site is off Weber Industrial Drive in donated space from Building Bridges. To learn more about Lekotek, visit

www.lekotekga.org.