Granby High School Fundraiser
Granby , CT High School Fundraiser
Granby Memorial High School students sponsored a “Pennies for Peace” campaign to raise funds for Graceland International School during the last two weeks in May. After viewing a presentation given by Elaine Chagnon, GMHS teacher and AEP Board member, students competed against each other in their advisory classes to raise funds for lab and playground equipment. The result was an astounding $680 which will go far to purchase much- needed equipment. Many thanks to both students and staff for the compassion demonstrated during this two- week campaign – amazing! The contribution is greatly appreciated and will go far in providing needed equipment.
Newsletter Summer 2016
Wall Fundraiser- Can You Help?
Wall Fundraiser– Can you Help?
The property directly behind Graceland International School provides enough space to build additional classroom blocks and dormitories in the future. This is a prime piece of land surrounded by a growing neighborhood. As houses continue to spring up, there is an increased probability that the land might be encroached upon.
Even though the property has been purchased and paid for, it is currently unoccupied and can be encroached by property owners adjoining our property. Building the wall is a crucial next-step. The wall can be constructed in phases, with the perimeter established three to four blocks high. As long as the border has been established, all will be well.
Our partners have the ability to make their own blocks.
The total bill for the wall is estimated to be around $60,000. We have already secured about half of the funds needed. In order to speed up the project, would you consider purchasing blocks at $10.00 each or making an additional donation for the wall fund? Every little bit helps, especially at this crucial time.
During our visit in March, we were able to see the partially completed examination hall, built in very close proximity to the other school buildings. While construction was underway, we had concerns as to whether or not the building would be complete for the exams, scheduled during the window of March 15- April 30.
Similar to the SAT exams here, the West Africa Board Exams (WAEC) determine a student’s preparedness to enter university. Students study and prepare just like here with review sessions and practice tests.
Our Nigerian partners made a wise decision in determining the hall as a critical next step, acquiring the needed accreditation for Graceland from Zamfara State. The hall was cleverly designed and reinforced to provide an exam space on the second floor and administrative offices, library, computer lab, and teacher workroom on the first floor.
Work progressed enough to allow just over 30 students to sit for their exams. The exam results should be available in late July.
New Desktops Recently Purchased for School
It has taken some time, but the grant money generously awarded last spring by the Church Mission Publishing Company has finally been used to purchase four new desktops to be used at the school. Bishop John communicated via telephone that the new computers were in place, much to the excitement of teachers and students.
Until recently, the school had not been ready to accept the computers for use. There was a need for a secured classroom and additional batteries to run the devices when the power was down. With these problems solved and construction on the second building complete, it was finally time to purchase the desktops.
Originally, solar-powered laptops were investigated but proved to be unavailable. Our Nigerian partners researched models available and assured us that these desktops are durable and the best option.
The rest of the money from the grant will be made available to purchase more computers when there is confirmation that they are performing effectively.
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