The AEA 267 River Hills School Foundation has set an ambitious goal to tackle long overdue renovation work in all 24 of the school’s classrooms. The “Adopt-a-classroom” campaign began this fall and response has been so positive that, already, funding has been secured for 15 classrooms. A total of $240,000 is needed to complete work on all classrooms. Improvements include the replacement of ceiling tile, lighting, insulation, cabinets, counter tops, and a fresh coat of paint. Costs run approximately $10,000 per classroom.
“We are truly fortunate to have received some major donations toward this effort already,” said Mike Lonning, AEA 267 River Hills principal. “A handful of major donors stepped up to the plate and got things rolling for us. Now it is up to us to see this phase of the project through to the finish line.”
An anonymous donor has offered to match up to $45,000 in funds, which the group is hoping to raise to complete the classroom project. Once the classroom renovations are complete, next steps will include bathroom, locker room and office renovations. Paint and ceiling tile replacement are also on the list.
“Our facility has so many needs,” said Lonning. “We are addressing those areas of our building where students spend the most time and then will move on to other work from there. We still have a long way to go.”
AEA 267 River Hills School is a public sponsored special school for students with moderate, severe, and profound developmental disabilities. The school serves students from age three through age 21. It is operated by Area Education Agency 267 and funded through participating local school districts.
KWWL-Channel 7 television recently featured the effort.