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Baugo Schools launches fundraiser for new Jimtown Community Center

ELKHART, Ind. (WNDU) – Brick-by-brick, Baugo Group Faculties is attempting to lift sufficient cash to place an historic faculty constructing again into use.

The 1929 Baugo Township Excessive Faculty gymnasium, positioned subsequent to the district headquarters, will develop into the brand new Jimtown Group Middle. It can’t be torn down resulting from being listed on the Indiana Landmarks listing.

“[The 1929 gym] deserves to be protected. It has sat vacant for a very long time. We’ve used it for long-term storage, and it simply screamed to be re-engaged and re-invigorated, and we predict that that’s necessary for our neighborhood,” remarked Byron Sanders, superintendent of Baugo Faculties.

Baugo Faculties simply launched an engravable brick fundraiser to cowl the prices of constructing upkeep and neighborhood programming when the neighborhood middle is open.

4×8 bricks value $150 whereas 8×8 bricks are $250.

“Bricks are the preliminary engagement with the neighborhood. We hope to interact the neighborhood for different actions with the hope of elevating these $1.5 million {dollars},” Sanders acknowledged.

The $1.5 million {dollars} shall be used to cowl upkeep and neighborhood programming prices.

“We wish to companion with the Boys and Women Membership of Elkhart County with the intention to have interaction the scholars in a teen expertise right here within the constructing a pair days every week. and we would like the neighborhood to make use of this house effectively,” Sanders mentioned.

The neighborhood middle may also characteristic house for a kitchen, health lessons, tutoring, in addition to a gymnasium.

“We don’t have an area like this in Baugo Township, and so we’re excited to be contributing to the neighborhood on this house,” added Sanders.

Repairs are set to start this fall and have already been funded, because of native companies, main donors, and a partnership with the Group Basis of Elkhart County.

The Jimtown Group Middle may very well be open as quickly as late summer time 2023.

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