We plan to convert our dilapidated gymnasium and mold-infested locker rooms into state-of-the art recreational spaces, complete with a modernized dance studio, changing rooms, and two small classrooms. We will completely overhaul the gym: new floor, new retractable divider wall, new AV equipment, new basketball hoops, new wall pads, new paint job, new HVAC system. An attractive, functional, safe gym will provide significant benefits to our students, families, teachers, and extended community. Our dance studio will be outfitted with a sprung floor, mirrors and ballet barres.
Our signature Expeditionary Learning school design fosters high student engagement and strong student performance. Arts integrated instruction and a robust fitness and adventure program further enhance our students’ development. Our dance and fitness and adventure programs will be significantly enhanced by a functional gymnasium and dance studio. Our updated facilities will also allow us to address the dearth of recreational opportunities available in the community after school, in the evenings, and on the weekends.
The Slam Dunk for Southwest capital campaign will address long-standing facility challenges. Our gym and locker rooms have not been renovated since our building was built in 1967. While the bones of the space are good, the gym is dingy, dark, and antiquated. It is most definitely not a 21st century space! The floor tiles break and chip, and the resulting patchwork of various linoleum tiles are dangerously slippery. There are water stains on all of the walls thanks to years of roof leaks. (Thankfully, the roof has been replaced!) The divider wall stops in its tracks, halfway open, on a regular basis. There is no AV equipment to provide media access of any kind. There is no working HVAC or ventilation system, so the gym is either too cold or too hot, and the locker rooms are unusable because they are stagnant and moldy. In fact, the locker rooms have been remediated for mold by hazardous materials experts three times since 2009.
Here is what our gym and locker rooms looks like today. You can see we really need your help! Please click here to donate.
Before Picture: Dance Studio Space
Before Picture: Gymnasium