Determined to maintain the school’s reputation for scholastic excellence and to provide every child with facilities that encourage, not impede learning, several years ago the Board of Trustees began to plan for a comprehensive fund raising campaign, Cornerstone for the Future, to build a state-of-the-art new facility as well as to increase the amount of funds available for tuition aid.
With the achievement of Cornerstone’s fund raising goal, the campaign second phase plan is being launched as the Breaking New Ground major gifts initiative.
The primary purpose of this fund raising endeavor is to support the creation of an interactive, multisensory outdoor learning environment which complements what is happening on the inside of the building. Children will learn about water stewardship practices, observe and study seasonal changes and cycles of life, while monitoring the school’s heating and cooling systems, and even tracking Pilot’s energy and water usage. Lesson plans will link content learned in the classroom, utilizing the wonders of the internet and other technologies, with experiential, hands-on learning in nearby fields and streams.
When completed, the building and surrounding campus will be a compelling, child-centered setting in which integrated indoor-outdoor learning experiences will provide many opportunities for students. Thinking, reasoning, observational and problem solving skills can flourish in the living, breathing classrooms of fields, woods, terraces, hills and streams, and nurture growth and greater involvement in the learning process.