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School for Belmont Kids Gets Boost from Barbaro

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Heydy Diaz teaches preschoolers at Anna House, the child care center for backstretch workers at Long

Heydy Diaz teaches preschoolers at Anna House, the child care center for backstretch workers at Long Island's Belmont Park. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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Anna House is a seven-day-a-week preschool on the backstretch at Belmont Park in Long Island, N.Y., for the children of exercise riders and stable workers, and it just got a huge financial boost. Barbaro's owners won the Barbaro Stakes in Baltimore and donated $250,000 to the school.

About 50 kids arrive early for a hot breakfast. They play, nap and eat hot lunch, and then their parents pick them up around 1 p.m. The school's goal is to teach the kids quite a bit of English before they go to kindergarten; for most of them, it's their second language.

Noah Adams takes a look at the program.

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