Loudoun School for the Gifted Launches GoFundMe Campaign to Save Historical School
Students from a small private school for advanced studies in northern Virginia work to save African American schoolhouse built in 1892.
Ashburn, VA, March 2, 2016 (Newswire.com) - Students at Loudoun School for the Gifted launched a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign for the Ashburn Old School rehabilitation project.
Last spring, Loudoun School for the Gifted 8th grade students began work on a plan to restore the Ashburn Old School, one of the first African American schoolhouses in Virginia. They met with restoration contractors, researched history, and began fundraising for the project. In the fall, more students joined the team and have done some archaeological digging and learned more about historical building rehabilitation with help from Jana Shafagoj, Director of Preservation and Education at Morven Park in Leesburg, VA.
Students hope to raise the first $20,000 to begin work on the foundation in the spring. They will need to raise a total of $100,000 to complete the project and hope to open it to the public, possibly as a museum of education, in the future.