MOUNT DESERT — The Community School of Mount Desert Island has received a $20,000 challenge grant from philanthropists Shelby and Gale Davis. The gift will enable the new K-5 school to make building upgrades, as well as purchase desks and chairs, art supplies and other materials to launch the school.
School founder Jasmine Smith said, “We are incredibly grateful for Mr. and Mrs. Davis’ gift and role as community supporters. Their continued generosity in the field of education is inspiring. Their help in making The Community School of Mount Desert Island’s vision a reality means so much to us. This gift will have a lasting impact and is a crucial piece in laying the foundation of the future and success of The Community School.”
The independent school, which will open its doors Sept. 8 at 8 Main St., Seal Harbor, is offering classes to children in kindergarten through grade 5 based on a place-based, Waldorf-inspired curriculum.
“We are aiming to fuse the place-based teaching model with that of the Waldorf tradition to inspire a life-long love for learning and sense of wonder for the world,” said Smith.
The community is invited to help meet the match. Gifts of all sizes are welcome. Online donations can be made at www.coa.edu/communityschool. College of the Atlantic is currently acting as the school’s fiscal sponsor.
The school still has a limited number of spaces open for new students. For those who wish to learn more about the school, there will be a reception at the Somesville Museum on the corner of Main St. and Oak Hill on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 5:30 p.m.
On Friday, Aug. 22, from 3-6 p.m., there will be a public open house at the Abby Chapel school rooms. Both are open to the public, and children are welcome. For admission inquiries, contact Director Jasmine Smith at [email protected].