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Elementary Move-In Goal Close to Being Met

March 05, 2019
By Andrea Wenger

Thanks to a recent  $100,000 commitment by long-time friends of EMS, the Let the Children Come campaign is within $55,000 of what’s needed to make the former MennoMedia building move-in ready for the school's elementary program. Classrooms, art and music rooms, a library, offices, and a welcoming entrance are part of the current renovation.

“This gift is meant as an encouragement to others,” says Paul Leaman, head of school. “The donors deeply believe in EMS’s mission and want to encourage others in this final push to meet the move-in goal.”

Construction update

Work is proceeding at a fast clip as the school transforms the former MennoMedia building into a child-centered, learning environment. Windows have been enlarged to let as much natural light into the building as possible. Interior concrete has been poured, creating two complete floors, ready for interior walls.  Electrical and plumbing trades has begun. And excavation has begun where new exterior stair towers will be installed on the west (Route 42) side of the building.

The gift comes at a crucial time to help the school in its final push toward move-in day. $3.68 million in gifts and pledges have brought the project this far, allowing for purchase of the property and preparations to bring an old building up to code.

“We are so grateful for the community support we have felt in this effort,” says Leaman. “We’ve felt the prayers and encouragement of the broader community and our school families. Now it is exciting to get close to the ‘finish line’ of the campaign to fund the renovation so our students and teachers can move in.”

Even as school administrators strive to gather gifts toward the final $55,000 for the move-in goal, elementary parents are planning an effort to build a bridge between the long-term middle and high school and the new elementary building, reports Leaman.  And, he continues, after the elementary school is moved in, "we’ll turn our sights toward the Gathering Space," an addition on the elementary building that will be essential to community learning and life together.

Your gifts welcome!


To join the effort, please contact Paul Leaman, head of school, at 540-236-6012 or send a check to Eastern Mennonite School, 801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg VA 22801, clearly marked for the Let the Children Come campaign.