More to be raised for new facility
Ottawa Christian School (OCS) has seen a significant return on its fundraising efforts among those who don’t traditionally support Christian schools.
Principal Paul Triemstra attributes this success to several factors.
“It’s happened because a number of people in the community have simply taken the initiative to make contacts with people that they know, friends of friends,” he says, noting that a number of school members have connections in the business and construction industry.
A PowerPoint presentation is made to potential supporters, most of whom are parents themselves.
School members share what Christian education is all about from a parent’s perspective, says Triemstra, which is obviously effective, judging by results.
To date $750,000 has been pledged for the school’s new facility, much of that from those who don’t traditionally support Christian schools. In addition, they are looking for $800,000 in trade partnerships and to raise $1,250,000 from foundation grants, trusts and additional donations.
The sale of the present facility is expected to bring in $1.5 million. About four acres of the new acreage, already purchased, are to be severed and sold for $1 million.
The school is to have a 25-year mortgage of $1 million.
Fundraising will continue over this school year.
OCS is planning to move into its new facility by 2009, if all goes according to plan.
The school has been in its current building since 1970 and in existence for four years more than that. Triemstra says a new building is needed for spacing and programming purposes. The acreage is significantly larger than that the school occupies now, seven acres compared to 1.6 acres.
Key features of the new building include a separate kindergarten with a separate kindergarten play area, a full-size gym, a larger reception area, significantly larger classrooms, an art and science room, and a dedicated band room.
Triemstra says there are also plans to make the new facility as green as possible, with details yet to be finalized.
The school’s fundraising theme is Generation to Generation.