Kirby School is undergoing a Capital Campaign to build a recreation area–coming Fall 2019–which will complete our campus. Our fundraising goal to support the construction of this project is $1.275 million dollars.
Before becoming a school, Kirby’s building was a commercial office. Although we’ve thoughtfully re-designed the interior into student-centric learning areas, our campus is not complete.
Building an outdoor recreation area, with a sport court, amphitheater, learning spaces, places for our community to share meals and attend concerts and performances will complete our vision of a safe and engaging campus. It will provide space for students to take breaks, play sports, work outside with faculty…to let off steam, to hold special events and to build relationships–essential components of Kirby School.
We know students achieve better outcomes when they break during the day to go outside for fresh air; to be spontaneous and creative. There is a positive relationship between exercise and physical movement–both structured and unstructured–on focus, performance, and healthy sleep rhythms. Having ample opportunities to be outside, to play, to learn, to socialize is just as important for adolescent development as core curriculum.
Investing in outdoor space to incorporate more movement into everyday learning will support the emotional, physical, and intellectual well-being of all of our students.
“There is no better indication of the presence of a school than a recreation area, an outdoor community space, and no better indication of the maturity and longevity of a school’s presence in our community than an investment in its campus. Students need a place to move, convene, and learn just as a community needs a communal gathering space.”
– Rowland Rebele, Santa Cruz Resident & Community Advocate
Kirby School is attuned to our students’ needs and responsive to their growth and development. Completing our campus by constructing a recreation area will give our students a space of their own to cultivate the student culture that we have grown to love at Kirby. (View a large rendering of the Recreation Area)