FORT MYERS, Fla. — Law firm Henderson, Franklin, Starnes and Holt, P.A. announced last month that Amanda Barritt will be joining the Gladiolus Learning and Development Center’s Building Committee.

The new committee will be responsible for talking with architects and designers for ideas on construction of the new facility. The center will provide child care for children of low-income families.

Barritt is an attorney and member of the Real Estate Investment Society. She represents many residential and commercial-property owners, nonprofit social clubs, and developers.

Barritt is excited to start this new phase in her career.

“I am pleased to be able to use some of the skills I have gained over my years of practicing in real estate and development law to assist a great group of professionals on the committee and Board of Gladiolus Learning and Development Center to see this project come to fruition,” she told the Florida Record.

Barritt previously served on the Board of GLAD Center for several years during the peak of the recession. The center was struggling financially as a result. She said it is a joy that the center will finally have a new facility.

“I have always been involved in various service organizations since high school, and have been passionate about children, and especially education, and feel that this center is a great opportunity to combine both of those passions,” Barritt said. “I joined the board initially right after my second daughter was born so it fit in well with the stage of my life as well.”

After Barritt left the Board of Directors, she said her desire to serve on the committee to help build a new facility. The president of the committee soon contacted her after they decided they were ready to proceed with the plan.

“Not only will I bring forward my legal skills, but also from the perspective as a parent of school-age children, but keeping in mind what is going to be best for the kids,” Barritt said.

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