One Community Campaign 2011-2013
Total Raised: $335,000
During the “One Community” Campaign, from May 2011 – August 2013, The Friends of Westbrook School Foundation’s mission was to take advantage of opportunities presented while Montgomery County Public Schools built a gymnasium and classroom addition at Westbrook.
Throughout the campaign, it was an honor to see neighbors, students, parents, faculty, alumni and businesses come together in support of Westbrook Elementary School. This campaign was about bringing people together in pursuit of our common goal of helping our students, and our neighborhood, now and in the future.
In December 2012, the Board of Education voted and approved the following primary projects:
1) Courtyard Enhancements
MCPS’s construction of Westbrook’s new classroom wing created a large open, light-filled courtyard between old and new classroom wings. FOWS Foundation, working with American Plant Landscape Division and Muse Architects, raised funds to turn the courtyard into a vibrant outdoor learning classroom with native plants, ample student seating and useful design to enhance Westbrook’s science and environmental programs. Without the investment of the FOWS Foundation and pro-bono help of these local businesses, this courtyard would only be an empty, open area.
2) Repair and Enhancements in the All-Purpose Room
The construction of the new gymnasium finally brought Westbrook Elementary on par with the majority of MCPS elementary schools that have gymnasiums. It also further highlighted the fact that Westbrook's all-purpose room, after decades of service as a gymnasium, community center, daycare center, voting center, and cafeteria was left in desperate need of repair. FOWS Foundation's investment in the all-purpose room included newly expanded platform (or stage) with more room for the growing student population, opened sight-lines with removal of 1950's brick archway near stage opening, improved ADA ramp for equal access, new paint, new ceiling and new floor, and most of all, functional lighting and a sound system that actually works for all who use the space.
Perhaps you came to an alumni event, asked questions at a neighborhood association meeting, saw us at the information table on Election Day. Maybe you were a new parent, hosted a “Count Me In” party, shopped at Whole Foods Day or had a grandchild now Westbrook. The interest, the volunteerism, the enthusiasm and the generosity of our community was truly remarkable -- whether you gave your time, your resources or your creativity -- your generosity inspired everyone.
More than the numbers, this campaign was about community and everyone played a part. Thank you.