- Grand Blanc Community Schools
Perry Centennial Pavilion and Gardens Project Receives Overwhelming Support to Move Forward
The Perry Centennial Committee is overjoyed to announce that the Perry Centennial Pavilion & Gardens, a construction project planned to celebrate 100 years of the Perry Centennial and Grand Blanc Community Schools, has received enough financial support to proceed. Approximately 2 months ago, the committee, made up of school staff and community members, announced that if they were able to achieve their fundraising goal of $26,000, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) would match those funds and the project would proceed as planned. With weeks to spare, the campaign had not only met but exceeded that goal!
Thanks to many generous donations of varying amounts from all over the country, the patronicity.com crowdfunding campaign passed the $26,000 mark prior to the September 30th deadline set by the MEDC. Fundraising efforts garnered $9100 donations from Joe & Julie Serra and the Serra Foundation and a $9000 donation from the Grand Blanc Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF)*.
The project will begin construction next month and will involve the work of Geometry in Construction students from Grand Blanc High School. Any funds above and beyond what was estimated to complete the original design ($52,000) may be used to make upgrades in materials on the project, to pay for unplanned expenses, and to start a maintenance fund to care for the gardens and structure into the future. Dr. Amber Hall, Perry Innovation Director and head of the committee said, “This Centennial project is very meaningful to many people who have been a part of the Grand Blanc community and have a history or connection with the Perry Center.”
The original design of the outdoor learning space was made by Perry Innovation Center students with the help of a landscape designer last school year. Staff and students plan to utilize the outdoor space for many things - from science and gardening lessons to a quiet reading area. The space will be open for use by the Grand Blanc community when school is not in session. It will be located on the Southeast side of the Perry building near Saginaw Street.
Now that fundraising for the Centennial Pavilion and Gardens has been completed, the committee will be focusing on planning a community-wide event to celebrate 100 years of Perry and Grand Blanc Schools next spring. Tentative dates for an event have been set for May 13 & 14, 2022. The committee has discussed coordinated sales and celebrations at area businesses, possible carnival-type rides and food, guest speakers, and historical displays and presentations. Ideas are still being developed.
The committee and Grand Blanc Schools would welcome the community’s help in identifying and contacting any alumni interested in participating in the celebration. The next Perry Centennial Committee meeting will be held in the Verb lab of the Perry Center (second floor) at 3:30 pm on November 1, 2021. The community is welcome to attend and provide input. If you are interested in participating, several sub-committees have been formed to organize certain aspects of the celebration. If wanting to inquire about specific duties beforehand, please call Dr. Hall or Mrs. Anderson at 810-591-6078.
*The Grand Blanc Community Fund is part of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, which serves the common good in Genesee County - building a strong community by engaging people in philanthropy and developing the community’s permanent endowment - now and for future generations to come. CFGF helps donors support the causes they care about, today or through their estates. Since 1988 the Community Foundation has granted more than $130 million to nonprofit organizations to build a thriving community. CFGF serves Flint and all of Genesee County including its Community Fund in Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flushing, and Grand Blanc.