WENDELL — One of the first things Ewan Pellas noticed at the East Wake Education Foundation on Wednesday was the “neigh-neigh” between his feet.
Pellas, 20 months old, squatted on the nonprofit’s new hardwood floor and touched his index finger to a cartoon zebra’s nose.
“That’s right it does look like a horse,” his mother, Trinity, said.
Pergo Flooring in Garner on Aug. 9 donated 900 square feet of white pine hardwoods decorated with hand-sized cartoon zoo animals. The flooring made its debut to students Wednesday.
“They told me when they installed it that they hadn’t seen a floor any nicer,” said Linda Johnson, the foundation’s director. “It looks great. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
The old floor was black and white tile left over from the building’s former occupant. So Johnson sought help from Wake County officials, who pointed her to Dick Gleason of Pergo Flooring in Garner.
When Gleason said his company was willing to help, and described the moisture-proof hardwood, “of course I went ape,” Johnson said.
“And if you turn on a black light, the moons and stars glow,” she said.
East Wake Education Foundation operates entirely on donations to work with young children on reading, listening skills and activities that enhance their motor skills. Most of last week, for instance, the foundation’s staff worked with about a dozen students on their coordination.
“Who knows the ‘Macarena?’ ” Shannon Speller, a child development specialist at the foundation, asked the crowd as she opened a CD player on Thursday.
All of the foundation’s services are free, which is part of the reason Pergo admires the center, Gleason said.
“Certainly we see Eastern Wake Educational Foundation as fulfilling the needs of the community,” he said. “We are proud to be a portion of that support.”
The retail value of the donated flooring is between $3,000 and $4,000, he added. But, since Pergo draws its employees from Wendell and the Triangle, Gleason sees the donation as “an investment in our community and a continuing workforce.”