Children at Imagine Nation Learning Center in Waxahachie are riding tricycles for a cause – to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Twenty-four children from the learning center participated in the event, with supporters signing on to pledge certain amounts of money for each child per lap ridden. 

The final amount raised has not been determined.

Imagine Nation Learning Centers are located in Arlington, Mansfield and Waxahachie with the Waxahachie branch opening in May.

“Right now we have about 100 children here with hopes of growing to about 150,” said Pat Seymore, assistant director for Waxahachie Imagine Nation Learning Center located at 1401 Ferris Avenue in the former facilities of The Avenue Church. “This was the location of the old Avenue Daycare.”

She noted that the learning center accepts children from infant through fifth-grade.

According to its website, Imagine Nation Learning Center is a privately owned and operated facility. Owners are local and onsite developing personal relationships with parents and children.

Michael Carter and Celina Banda have enrolled their son, Merrick Carter in the learning center and they commended the program.

“The facilities have been remodeled, and they have a great program for the children,” said Banda.

Carter agreed.

“It’s like taking your child to grandma’s house,” he said. “There’s such a personal touch – it’s not like dropping your child off at a big, franchised organization.”

For further information about Imagine Nation, call 972-935-0504 or e-mail

Contact Paul at or 469-517-1450.