Here in Shoreham we are working hard to raise money to replace the old carpet that currently covers the gym floor. The gym is the only large meeting room in the school and in the whole town. It is used for athletic programs, PE, art, music, as the cafeteria, all school meetings and performances, and more. Outside of school hours it is also used for community functions such as performances, yoga, and town meeting. With a more typical and functional floor it can be used for even more. I think this is a great cause, in a great town and we would so appreciate any help. A lot of work has already been done, with more than $23,000 already raised. We are hoping to reach our $30,000 target and put the new floor in over the holiday break. Thanks all!
Contributions can be made on-line at http://www.razoo.com/story/Community-Gym-At-The-Shoreham-School, or to the school directly, made payable to Shoreham Elementary School, 130 School Rd., Shoreham, VT 05770. THANK YOU!
Here is what is written on the fundraising website:
The Shoreham Parents, Teachers, and Friends group is leading the effort to replace the 20+ year-old carpet that currently covers the gym floor and is installed over cement tiles. We have raised $20,000 to date and just received a $1,500 grant. We want to install a poured urethane floor resting on pads - this is the kind of floor a gym should have!
After hearing about the grant we received, a local donor has issued a challenge grant of $3,000 to encourage others to donate and help us reach our goal by the end of 2012.
The $20k was raised through our annual Apple Blossom Derby Road Race (the last 3 races). After demonstrating community support and raising more than half the total of $35,000 needed, we have begun applying for grants. We are waiting to hear back on some of those.
More than 50% of the children in our school qualify for free and reduced lunch, and it's a big deal for our little town of 1,200 people to raise larger sums of money. That's why we're asking for a little help from our family and friends through this online campaign.
Every little bit will help us close the funding gap so that a new floor can be installed over the holiday break.
Our gym serves many purposes for the school (athletics, cafeteria, art room, music space, inside recess space) and is also our town's only large-scale meeting space. Various groups use the space from yoga classes to 4H Club. The annual town meeting is also hosted in the gym.
It is a true community space in an awesome little community.