Phase 1 of Constructing Sandboxes: The Campaign for Gillispie
Campus is bustling this summer – both with summer campers and with PROGRESS! Here’s a sneak peek of Phase 1 of Constructing Sandboxes: The Campaign for Gillispie.
Spurred by the generosity of early supporters of the Constructing Sandboxes campaign, our Kindergarten and Early Childhood classrooms are being completely rebuilt and transformed, expanding teaching space and bringing in elements that reflect the Reggio Emilia philosophy followed by faculty in their teaching.
When our families return in the fall, they will find bright, playful spaces where our youngest will learn. Classroom square footage will increase for children ages two through prekindergarten, as will the amount of natural light when additional windows are added. The outdoor classroom space will also be increased and will include a sustainable garden for children to learn how to maintain a butterfly population and grow flowers and vegetables. This transformative renovation adds two Early Childhood classrooms, enabling us to serve a community need for quality education at an early age.
Additionally, supported by funds generously donated in our 2018 Gala Fund-A-Need paddle raise, we are adding expansive fencing to the perimeter of the school to bolster our security measures.
Rounding out the changes to our current campus, our Faculty and Staff “Collaboratory” (supported by our 2019 Gala Fund-A-Fund donors) is on tap to be finished in the spring.
We look forward to sharing more information on our progress and debuting these new changes in the new school year!
You can learn more about this project on our Constructing Sandboxes page.