The MCPASD Education Foundation announced today that there will be a second phase to its popular Bricks to Build a Strong Foundation campaign.
Phase II began on Wednesday, April 1 and will end on June 15, Foundation executive director Perry Hibner said.
The Foundation sold more than 225 bricks, that fill more than 400-plus spaces, as part of the first phase of the campaign, which ended on Oct. 15. The bricks sold to date are expected to be installed at Glacier Creek and Kromrey middle schools over spring break.
Officials with J.H. Findorff & Son, the construction firm for both middle school building projects, agreed to another phase while they complete the final areas at Kromrey.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to allow more businesses and individuals to create a legacy at one of our schools,’’ Foundation Board Chair Courtney Ward-Reichard said. “This fundraising project allows individuals and businesses to show their support of students in our District in a very tangible way. The funds raised will continue to be used to provide even more inspiring experiences to children in our schools.’’
Engraved bricks are available in three sizes and cost $100, $200 or $400. The paving for the second phase is expected to be completed in mid-August, Hibner said. The District plans to hold a dedication ceremony at Glacier Creek on Sept. 9 and at Kromrey on Sept. 16.
The bricks take up one, two or four spaces depending on the size, Hibner said. There are approximately 500 spaces left at Kromrey and only 150 spaces left at Glacier Creek. Bricks that aren’t purchased and engraved as part of the second phase will remain blank, Hibner said, meaning that this is the last opportunity to purchase bricks.
An order form is available on the Foundation’s website. Online payments are possible through PayPal, but an order form is required for all purchases. If you would like more information or have additional questions, please call Hibner at 608-829-9014.
The Foundation has already raised more than $150,000 for its endowment fund and already has close to $150,000 in pledges over the next three years. The Foundation has awarded 32 grants worth nearly $20,000 since 2013. Every District school, along with one 4K site, has received at least one grant. Grant recipients for the spring will be announced in late April or early May.
Foundation board members will also be at a number of events at Glacier Creek and Kromrey for the remainder of the school year to answer questions.
“We are thrilled that we are able to offer people a second chance to participate in this campaign,’’ Hibner said. “My family purchased two bricks as a way to say thank you to the District but also as a way to honor our children and the education they received here. We can't wait to see those bricks installed.’’