Strawberry Festival News!
We are happy to announce that Hometown Bank has agreed to partner with Community School as a presenting sponsor for Strawberry Festival. They have agreed to a three-year commitment of $15,000 annually.
Strawberry Festival costs an average of $30,000 to produce. We generally receive $10,000-$12,000 in sponsorships each year. Our goal has long been to have Strawberry Festival paid for completely through sponsorships. This would mean that the money we bring in during the two days of the event would be 100% profit. Thanks to this new relationship, we may be able to finally reach this goal.
Please join us in thanking Hometown Bank for their vote of confidence in our event!
We Met Our Match!
Total Project Cost: $275,000
Total Raised to Date: $239,000
If you've been on campus, you've seen the great progress made on the new building. If not, visit the link on our homepage to view construction photos.
We thank the Ceres Foundation for its wonderful matching grant. We met that challenge with the help of our community and raised $50,000 which will result in a total of $100,000 toward this project. Thanks to all those who pledged to make this possible.
We are now in striking distance of raising the total building cost...$275,000. We only have $36,000 left to raise. Please help us cross the finish line and consider maximizing your tax deductions this year by pledging a gift to the campaign.
New Building Update & Matching Grant Information
Visit the "Building On Our Vision" link on the homepage of this website to see updated construction photos and a progress report from Board Chair, David Lloyd.
Have you heard about our matching grant? The Ceres Foundation generously pledged to match all new pledges through 12/31/13, up to $50,000. As of today, we have raised $31,000 eligible for that match leaving just $19,000 yet to be raised to take advantage of this wonderful gift! No pledge is too small, so please consider helping us earn the full matching grant! Thank you to all those who have already given. Your support has helped us get this far.
New Executive Director on Campus
Community School is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has hired Linda Roth as the school’s new Executive Director. She stepped into the administrative leadership position in July, after the previous director had to relocate due to her husband’s job.
Linda is a familiar face on campus; she has been teaching in the middle school program for sixteen years. Linda holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Vassar College and a master’s degree in education from the University of Rochester.
As a strong advocate of progressive education, I am excited to take on the
director’s position at Community School. Our school is a valuable resource for
southwest Virginia, and I want us to continue to provide students with the joy of
discovery in a nurturing environment. I believe that we have an important role in
developing responsible citizens who care about their community and have the
courage to take action.
Our school community is delighted to welcome a leader who is not only a valued and talented teacher, but a friend with a longstanding commitment to the school and a deep understanding of our philosophy and mission. Linda is the third consecutive Executive Director to move from our teaching faculty into the director’s role.
Groundbreaking for New Building Scheduled; Fundraising Continues
The Board of Trustees invites the entire Community School family to the groundbreaking ceremony scheduled on campus at the site of the new building on Monday, June 10, at 11:00 a.m. Please join us and show your support for the school. This new addition to our campus will house a STEM lab, music lab, and multi-purpose space. Fundraising efforts continue for this important project. While steady progress has been made, we need and appreciate your continued giving to see construction through to fruition. For more information, please click the “Building On Our Vision” button on the Community School home page.
Community School just received notification that the readers of Virginia Living have voted Community School as one of the Best Independent Schools in Southwestern Virginia, as part of the Best of Virginia Reader's Survey. The survey results will be published in a special issue, Best of Virginia 2013, coming in early May.
Since 2002, Community School has sponsored the Local Hero Award to honor the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, the Local Hero Award Committee chose to honor a local non-profit agency whose efforts in the community have exemplified Dr. King’s peaceful efforts. The award committee, composed of middle school students chosen by their teachers, selected St. Francis Service Dogs for their dedication to providing trained service dogs to people with disabilities such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, autism, and brain injury.
The students will present the award, an original student-created art work, to St. Francis Service Dogs in February. The award piece represents Joseph Campbell’s monomyth or hero’s journey. The hero’s journey is a universal tale found across cultures. Each rung in the ladder represents a different stage in the hero’s venture.