Each year at our Annual Gala Fundraiser, Shining Mountain asks our community to contribute to a “Special Appeal” in order to fund discrete items that are outside our operating expenses, yet are needed to improve our campus, facilities or programs. In the past, our community has generously donated to the Special Appeal to purchase new desks on the lower school campus, Solatube natural lighting fixtures, two new school buses for athletics and field trips, as well as outdoor education and circus equipment for the middle school.
This past year’s Gala, entitled SWOON, raised $75,966—with $49,523 going towards the Special Appeal of Extreme Makeover…HS Science Labs!—and the remaining amount of $26,442 directed to the operating budget. The funds raised in the Special Appeal completed the Extreme Makeover, as we installed new ventilation systems for both classrooms, removed the storage unit in the south classroom and added a new blackboard, painted both classrooms—including ceilings, walls and doors— repaired and refurbished the desks and laboratory counters in the lab, removed outdated and expired chemicals from the supply closet, and did a thorough cleaning of both spaces. In addition, we purchased two new Mac Book Pro laptop computers with projectors, two portable demonstration tables, a portable fume hood and cabinet for chemistry demonstrations, new lab tables and stools, a video flex camera for microscope demonstrations, new compound microscopes, four science equipment storage cabinets, a classroom set of ring stands, buret clamps and ring holders for the middle school, and several animal book series for the lower school.
The Special Appeal item is typically selected by the faculty each year, and is an item specifically chosen that will directly impact the children’s experience of the curriculum. This Special Appeal fundraiser is an opportunity for the community to come together in direct support our school and the children’s education.