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Parker School receives $50K grant for library

Parker School's future Lower School Library and Media Resource Center. Rendering by Waimea architect Hai On.


Parker School has announced it has received a $50,000 grant from the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation. Headmaster Carl Sturges received word of the award in mid-September.

This generous, one-time gift was made in honor of John C. Baldwin of Maui and his connection to Parker School, and will be used solely for the creation of the new centralized Parker Lower School Library and Media Resource Center.

An existing building on Parker’s campus will be renovated and equipped to include 1,000 square feet of learning space, 1,500 books, 20 laptop computers, an interactive SMART Board, and K-5 computer learning software.

The new center will be specifically dedicated for use by students in grades K-5, and will offer multiple learning centers and child-sized, child-friendly furniture, shelving, resources and decor.

The library will add significantly to the current individual classroom libraries.

“A Media Resource Center will allow us to have the opportunity to house all of our library books, computers and a SMART Board. It will give us a place to hold meetings to collaborate and allow the students to have a place where they may access the many resources we are fortunate to have. I am so grateful that we have received such great support and know that we will make good use of the resource center,” kindergarten teacher Jackie Sills said.

Parker School’s Foundation for the Future two-year comprehensive campaign was launched in the fall of 2010 with the goal of raising $500,000 for the Annual Fund for Education and three major facilities improvements: a regulation-sized soccer field (which is nearly complete); upgrades to the historical theatre; and the Lower School Library and Media Resource Center as well as the Middle and Upper School Media Resource Center.

The Lower School Library and Media Resource Center will be completed in the summer of 2012.

Sturges said, “This generous grant allows us to turn our dream of a truly pleasurable, kid-centered library and media center into a reality for our lower school students. I can’t wait to get started on it.”

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