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2015-08-06

Science lab funding nears goal; matching challenge underway

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Photo courtesy Penny White
Heath LeStourgeon's helpers take down the wall between two classrooms for the new open-plan science classroom and lab.

In early June, new Medina ISD Superintendent Penny White had outlined an ambitious plan: renovating and remodeling the school's outdated science lab to meet current standards. Lacking funds in the school's budget, she turned to her new community for help in raising the $120,000 estimated cost for construction and equipment.
It is clear that she came to the right place. As of July 30, no fewer than 81 individuals from our little town have donated a total of $102,253 toward the new science lab, a sum not even including proceeds from the donation jars now on prominent display at several local businesses.
The project has already also benefited from donated and deeply discounted services and equipment. Art Rodriguez produced engineering plans for a nominal fee. Last week, Heath LeStourgeon Construction took down the wall separating two classrooms for the new open-plan classroom and lab space, at cost. From Flinn Scientific, White negotiated an unprecedented price reduction for five new lab tables, including one that is handicapped-accessible, at a savings of around $7,000.
Last week, the project received an added boost. A Medina resident has just provided a challenge, offering to match, dollar for dollar, each new donation made from now through August 24 (the first day of school), up to the stated goal. This means we only need to raise another $9,000 to receive matching funds that will take us over the top!
To Medina's 'Honor Roll' of donors who have already contributed to the Science Lab Project, ongoing gratitude. For those who haven't yet made a donation, cut-off date for the challenge match is August 24, so please "pitch in" without delay.
Contributions may be sent to Medina ISD, PO Box 1470, Medina 78055; note "Science Lab project" on checks.
You can also find donation jars on display at the Apple Store, Elayne's Hair Styling, Keese's Barbeque, Medina Ace Hardware Store, Medina's Bandera County Veterinary Clinic, the Little Cottage Quilt Shop, the Medina Community Library and The Old Timer.
What a town! Thank you, Medina.