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The children came… help them get in!

March 13, 2019
By Andrea Wenger

Recent gifts to the Let the Children Come campaign have brought Eastern Mennonite School within $23,000 of their move-in goal to prepare a home for their K-5 students.

"We are so grateful for generous donors who took us in late February to within $55,000 of the goal. That gift inspired others, and now we are within $19,500," explained Paul Leaman, head of school.

In addition, a former board member - having heard of the two recent gifts -- stepped forward to commit the final $5,000 if the school raises the $19,500 needed by March 31 to fund renovation of the former Menno Media building with classrooms, art and music rooms, a library and a welcoming entrance for elementary. 

With the gifts, pledges and encouragement, Leaman invites others to help the school reach its goal. "Every gift counts," he notes. Contact Paul Leaman, head of school, at 540-236-6012 or by email. Or, make gifts to the campaign directly online.

Building progress update as of March 11, 2019

(progress reports come weekly to staff by Mike Stoltzfus, director of business affairs)

New signage along Virginia Ave.

Many window openings have been enlarged to accommodate new windows.  Classrooms will  have lots of natural light.

The first floor is entirely framed in and the second floor is almost done. Exterior framing should be finished the week of March 11.

Holes cut in the lower level floor have been filled in with concrete, finishing the structural reinforcement of the shell of the original building.

Trumbo Electric, Blauch Brothers (mechanical and plumbing), and Liberty (sprinkler) are working together and being creative to keep the ceilings as high as possible to give the classrooms a large, open feel. 

Site work has been done, including tree removal and preparing for the office and eventual gathering space on the west side of the building.

Up Next... Build a Bridge

When the move-in goal is complete, the school will turn its sights toward constructing a pedestrian bridge to connect the two sides of campus, a project necessary before students begin using the new building.

Consider purchasing a brick as part of the effort to Build a Bridge! Read more. 





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