Welcome back from Spring Vacation and into the final months of the school year. We are nearing the end of our yearlong campaign to transform the CMHS library into a Learning Commons. As of April 2017, we have raised $220,000 toward the $250,000 goal needed to make this a reality next fall. We thank everyone who joined us for a lively, successful Spring Gala where we generated $37,000 toward that goal in one night!
Students are also doing their part to help us achieve our fundraising goal. The Middle School Student Council donated $500 from their Valentine Candygram fundraiser and the High School Student Council dedicated all $1,600 from the Annual Dodge Ball Tournament to the Learning Commons. Please check out the enthusiastic voices of students, teachers and parents in this short video.
Our Corporate Sponsors similarly help us reach our goals. Buttonwood Books and Toys and Chipotle recently joined us by dedicating a percentage of their sales to the Learning Commons Campaign. And we could not accomplish our work without our past Corporate Sponsors who continue to assist us every year. Please help us thank them for their funding.
Implementation of the Learning Commons is already in process. In March we delivered a check for $100,000 to the School District to begin the initial phase. Students and teachers are measuring stacks, counting books and planning to pack up the current Library starting May 31. School Administrators are busy preparing bids for furnishings, removing old carpet, and replacing existing library stacks. Please see the April 7 article from the Cohasset Mariner for more details.
Our mission to support excellence through innovative grants extends to all Cohasset Public Schools. Last spring we funded grants to bring Bee Bots coding technology and curriculum to the Osgood School, and Sphero robotic programming tools the Deer Hill School. Students are learning critical skills through fun, engaging, hands-on code writing as described in the Cohasset Mariner on April 14 – just the type of impact we strive to make!
The Learning Commons is one of the most important projects ever undertaken by the CEF. It will immediately benefit all students currently in grades 5-11 and those at Osgood and Deer Hill for many years to come. We are 88% of the way to making this a reality for all students entering CMHS next fall. We need your help to push us past the goal line. Please consider a donation now.