Charter School Launches $200K Challenge Campaign

Middleburg Community Charter School board of directors announced Tuesday that the school has been the recipient of a $200,000 challenge grant from an anonymous donor.

The school is launching the MCCS Challenge Grant Campaign to help secure those funds. This grant will match, dollar-for-dollar, all donations made through the end of the year to the county’s first public charter school.

The money will be used to cover has expenses and support academic goals that exceed funds allotted by Loudoun County Public Schools. Tose include capital improvements, staffing, technology upgrades, curriculum enrichment and busing services. The school will also use funds to boost its permanent endowment fund, which is managed in partnership by the Western Loudoun County Community Schools Foundation.

“Our vision at MCCS is to provide the greatest possible school experience, meeting scholars at their learning level and style andequipping them with life skills to be innovative global citizens,” Principal Stephen Robinson said. “While honoring the truly remarkable history of Middleburg Elementary, we are keenly aware that our facilities need updating. We wish to make capital improvements to the building which include repairing the floors and walls, upgrading the HVAC in the older portion of the school, and updating the bathrooms and cafeteria. Our long-term plan is to renovate the classrooms, front entrance, music lab and library to help reflect our instructional program as a project-based school.

In addition to long-term facility improvements, other needs includestate-of-the-art computer workstations, which would provide an opportunity for students to collaborate and create artifacts that are real-world centered using 3D printing and other computer-based technology. School leaders also hope to improve the art and music program, with new musical instruments and art supplies, as well as backdrops and costumes for stage productions.

To contribute, go to gofundme.com/f/mccs2019 or call Robinson at 540687-5048.

The deadline to secure matching gifts and pledges of support is Dec. 31, although donors may fulfill their gifts over a period of up to three years.

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