It has officially been one year since a local design firm decided to make an investment in our local community by providing free architectural designs and services for an addition to the local elementary school. For those of you who haven’t been reading this blog for that long, I’ll fill you in in this post.
Early last year, our local school district wanted to expand some of their after-school reading programs but lacked the budget to do so. Some of their plans included an expanded wing of the school to act as a digital and physical library where students could go to read and be instructed in after-school reading programs. The building would also function as a community education center that would help individuals with writing for job applications and resume building. Many jobs today require detailed letters or professional resumes that many people don’t have the resources to access or create.
With community services and programs like this, people can learn how to properly write cover letters. They will be able to learn the difference between principal and principle so that they don’t make these simple mistakes in their own resumes. This will greatly increase their chances of employment.
But as much as these services were needed in our community, the budget was just not there for them. A local design firm approached the school and offered to provide complimentary architectural designs and work on the project if the funds could be raised for the building’s construction.
This set off a wave of citizen action and community fundraising efforts. The local paper picked up on the action of the firm and printed a full-page cover story on their efforts to support the local school district. Citizen groups and grassroots organizations starting fundraising to see the community center built. Everything from bake sales to telephone banks, this was an incredible community effort.
It was so successful that by August of that year all of the necessary funds were collected. This coincided directly with the start of the new school year, so they had a ground-breaking ceremony on the first day of school where the new site will be located. Now, this project is quite a big project and its projected completion date isn’t for another year and a half, but isn’t that incredible? In less than 8 month, the project was able to be completely funded!
So, this month the entire town celebrates this great effort that was community driven and completely voluntary. Once it is completed, the community will be better off as a whole, both intellectually and economically. Helping those with writing problems and offering them instruction by explaining Capital Vs. Capitol will allow them to get better paying jobs. A lot of good things can be accomplished when you have a giving heart and the support of your local community. In this case, a company decided that this would be a great community investment for our town and a great way to give back for the many years of local support we as a community have given them.