New Classroom Building at Surrey Hills
Surrey Hills Baptist Church voted to request a loan from the Baptist Convention to help build the new classrooms building as advertised through the Growing King’s Gate campaign. The Baptist Convention has graciously granted the loan to begin construction as soon as title work is finalized. We could be breaking ground as early as next week! The first floor will include 5 classrooms and a high school grade science lab. We have turned in the required specifications for the science lab last week and the second floor (i.e. 6 additional classrooms) will remain unfinished until we need the additional classroom space. The building is projected to be completed by the end of fall 2018.
Wonder Ground Update
Through the generosity of our families and ultimately, through the provision of GOD we set aside $10, 687 from our 2017 Gala for Wonder Ground, our outdoor classroom and playground. The playground and outdoor classroom are special features that do not benefit from the Growing King’s Gate campaign funding. The GKG campaign was designed to raise funds for transportation (bus), teacher salaries, scholarship funding, school technology and furniture needed for the renovated and new building spaces at Surrey Hills.
Our team would like to offer our students an outdoor classroom and playground space that reflects the experiential character of the learning opportunities they receive in their classrooms every day. We would invite you to stay tuned to the progress moving forward and help us find creative funding sources to bring each of the phases to completion.
Playground Funding and Timeline
Phase 1 (June- September 2017)
The total cost of the Outdoor Classroom and Playground design is $105, 350. We have already raised over $55,250 in in-kind donations, including plants, soil/compost, gypsum, plants, donated labor to build complete the pollinator garden though the creative direction of Robert Lewis & Associates and Terra Construction. We started this project expecting a very simple garden and Robert Lewis and Associates & Terra Construction created an incredible learning space that includes an enclosed garden with arbor.
Additional tasks completed in phase one:
Phase 2 (December 2017)
Funding pledged in fall 2017:
*Grant request pending for $10,000
Phase 2 will include:
The construction of the playground area will represent phase 3, but a portion of the project will coincide with phase 4, as the tree house decks will have a slide that connects to the decks.
The balance of the tree house decks will be completed that have not been built during phase 3. There will be 4 tree house platform decks that will be split into two zones. These decks are staggered along a grove of trees and promote social engagement and imaginative play. Tree-house elements like climbing ropes, rock climbing holds and ladders make transitions to each deck fun and physically challenging.
How you can help