‘That’s just really cool;’ Greater Dayton School students mark the new building – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio
DAYTON — On Tuesday, students at Greater Dayton School left their mark on the building that will be theirs in less than a year.
A few seconds with a marker to write their place in history.
“Probably a million years from now someone will find our names,” said third-grade student Dominic Dunford.
Dunford is the first class of third graders at Greater Dayton School, a non-religious private school funded by Connor Group Kids & Community Partners.
“We can come to our school and see what the construction is like,” Dunford said.
This year, students are taking classes in a temporary location, but next fall they will have a new building.
“We’ve been designing this school for four years, and it means so much to see our founding families and our founding students, and our founding team here, sign our names and be a part of this moment together,” AJ Stitch, the director of the school.
The school explained by Stitch is for students from low-income backgrounds.
“It’s a place where they can get that world-class education, and a lot of families, through no fault of their own, were born into circumstances where they wouldn’t have that kind of opportunity.”
The nonprofit covers a $30,000 scholarship for each child – families pay $275 per year.
“They’re participating in the ownership of their child’s education,” Stitch said.
Just as the children were able to participate in the construction.
“It’s just really cool,” Dunford said.
At present, the school is from kindergarten to third grade.
The school will add a year each year until eighth grade.
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