Coal Pit Learning Center Expansion, Henrico County VA Fred Thompson of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia led his Rotary club in the expansion of the Coal Pit Learning Center, which provides enriched pre-schooling opportunities to children from low-income families. Thompson used his background in architecture to provide construction plans and project management which leveraged cash, materials and labor donations to double the Center’s size and service capacity. This addition to Coal Pit Learning Center not only allows more children to enter kindergarten with skill readiness and confidence, but also creates an avenue for the parents to hold full-time employment or further their education. Thompson also lent his architectural services for the $2 million renovation of the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center’s Hospital Hospitality House, which provides for residential housing for children and families during patient treatment and care. Fred Thompson is being honored as a Champion of Change for his humanitarianism and contributions to public service, aimed at improving people's lives and making a better future around the globe.