It’s a challenging situation, no doubt. And so some people take matters into their own hands.
In 2008, feeling concerned about the quality of education available in Fayette County, four mothers set out to create an education alternative for their children and the community. They researched educational models and curriculums, found temporary facilities, and in 2009 held their first information meeting for interested families.
They were immediately at full capacity.
Next, a permanent home was found – the old Drift-A-Bit rafting lodge that had recently closed. Hand-me-down furniture was bought on the cheap, parents contributed what they could, and some rolled up their sleeves to build an outdoor playground.
From the moment it opened, the New River Gorge Learning Co-op was praised by parents and students alike for providing a high-quality education alternative, and fostering a supportive community of parents and educators.
“The Co-op has built an incredible foundation of confidence, community, and love of learning in my children,” says one parent, Kim Maxwell.
“The Co-op gives an outside the box experiential education. I am very happy my daughter is going there,” says another, Christopher Danz.
But now, the “Little School That Could” is bursting at the seams.
In order to continue to provide a safe and loving educational environment for preschool and kindergarten-aged children, the New River Gorge Learning Co-op has to raise $44,000 for a classroom expansion.
“We don’t want to turn young children away from the school, but we have run out of room,” says organizer Eric Pories. “The simple addition of four more walls and a roof will allow us to provide a great education to so many more young West Virginians.”
Much of the money has already been raised – through donations from grateful parents and community members.
Now, the school is launching an IndieGoGo campaign to raise the rest. That’s great news for you, as it means you can support this great effort for as little as $5, or contribute more to score some great rewards (in addition to the warm-belly-feeling-of-goodness you’ll get for helping young kids go to a lovely school.)