Kirby School received a $200,000 matching grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation in June, providing a vital source of funding to support its capital campaign to build a recreation area. The campaign to complete the Kirby School campus, which kicked off on January 9, 2019, had raised over $700,000 toward its $1.275M goal prior to the grant.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. This matching grant will help us achieve our vision to complete our campus, the outcome of which will have an enormous impact in the daily lives of our students,” said Christy Hutton, Head of Kirby School.
“We are proud to support the effort to create a safe outdoor recreation space for students in Santa Cruz County,” said Steve John, CEO of Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and PURE Insurance Championship. “We believe the new gathering area will enhance the quality of education for Kirby students for many years to come.”
Ground breaking, which will convert one of Kirby School’s two exterior parking lots into an enclosed recreation-athletics-dining-learning area, reclaiming approximately 1 acre of land for student-centric space, began late June. Construction will be completed by Blancas Construction in Salinas, CA.