Press Release: Inspire Launches the Community Campaign

Written by Celeste Cramer

May 13, 2020


Inspire School of Arts & Sciences Foundation

Celeste Cramer, Development Director

(530) 999-2882

Inspire School Launches the “Build A School They Deserve” Community CampaignChico, CA:  Inspire School of Arts & Sciences’ (Inspire) culture is a departure from traditional high schools. Their vision is to create a transformative high school experience, to provide a catalyst for students to become original thinkers and problem solvers, and to produce global citizens capable of contributing to a better world. Inspire has provided students with the unique opportunity to explore and intensively learn in the areas of theatre, music, dance, visual arts, digital media arts, engineering, and science–unlike any other high school in the North State. This award-winning high school commits to preparing the greatest number of students possible within a small school environment for a successful transition to college, work, and life experiences that reflect a lifelong love of learning, a fearless approach to risk-taking, a healthy work ethic, and a passionate commitment to service.

Inspire is ready for a 21st century campus to meet its 21st century education. Over the past ten years, Inspire has been a catalyst for thousands of students in their quest to make their mark on the world. However, the school has been providing this education within the limited walls of mostly aging portable classrooms. The time has come to provide students with a dynamic facility that promotes deep learning and critical thinking, the kind of thinking that confronts challenges and inspires solutions. That’s why the Inspire School of Arts & Sciences Foundation has launched a capital campaign to kick-off their fundraising efforts for a new and visionary school in Chico, CA.

From the beginning, Inspire has held the vision of moving to a new site. In late 2019, they learned that the school was eligible for Prop 51 funds from the state of California through a charter school facilities grant. Under this program, the state will fund up to $10 million with a school match of $10 million. Also in 2018, Chico Unified School District offered Inspire the use of seven acres of a Canyon View property that was purchased with taxpayer funds many years ago. Parallel with this momentum, the Inspire Foundation was established for the purpose of fundraising, launching a capital campaign to build our students and staff the school they deserve at this new site.

Inspire has just a year and a half to raise $10 million in order to receive matching funds from the state to build their new school.

With this goal in mind, the Inspire Foundation and the entire Inspire School of Arts & Sciences team has created the Build A School They DeserveCampaign with the goal of raising $200,000 in 200 days with community support. They are offering businesses marketing opportunities for donating directly, match donations or creating a fundraising team. In addition, individuals can donate directly or create a team and all sponsors are honored on the website: “The North State is no stranger to crisis and uncertainty, but our experiences have made us stronger, more resilient, and more motivated to press forward. That is the commitment of Inspire School of Arts & Sciences, and we invite you to join us in this mission,” states Celeste Cramer, the Inspire Foundation’s Development Director. 

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