L.A.K.E. Foundation grateful for local expertise for new Crosslake Community Charter School

February 14, 2017
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Northland Press
February 14, 2017

Design, legal, marketing and business professionals in the Crosslake area pitch in their time and know-how to help build on the success of the school.

With over 200 students in three separate locations, the Crosslake Community Charter School is bursting at the seams. So the need for a new facility to house all the grades in one building is a “no-brainer”.

Enter the non-profit Lakes Area Kids Enrichment (L.A.K.E.) Foundation, which was formed in 2016 to make building a new Crosslake school a reality.

"Word is getting out about the new building project for Crosslake Community Charter School and we’re amazed at the groundswell of support from our local professional and business community," stated Mike Stone, LAKE Foundation board member. "In the beginning stages of the process, we were looking for design, legal and marketing support. It was unbelievable, as local professionals heard about our project…they simply asked, How can we help?”

Tapping into the expertise in the community, the LAKE Foundation is ready to launch a unique fundraising campaign soon and the foundation’s website, BuildTheSchool.org, is currently being developed.

Raising funds, not taxes.
Since the Crosslake Community School is a charter school, no tax dollars can be used to build the new school. And although the goal is to raise money to build the $7 million facility, the project is much more than a school.

According to Stone, “The building will be a multi-use facility that will be owned by The LAKE Foundation and leased to the Crosslake Community Charter School. The new building will be used during the school year by the Crosslake Community Charter School, but it will also be utilized during the summer and evenings for civic events. We want this new facility to be the hub of our community.”

Crosslake Community Charter School…staying ahead of the curve.
The Crosslake Community Charter School opened in 2000 as an “environmental education” school. Located next to City Hall in Crosslake, it’s in the heart of the lakes area. The school opened as a K-6 school with 50 students. Today, the school has grown to 205 students in a K-12 program, taking over spaces in current facilities that were never designed to be classrooms.

The LAKE Foundation hopes to break ground for the new school—located next to the Crosslake post office on Route 66—sometime this year.

“We want donors to this capital campaign to know they’ve played an integral part in making this school happen. It’s an exciting time but the ultimate goal is that Crosslake Community Charter School students have more and better opportunities to learn,” Stone added.

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