Dear Friends of RH Conwell-
RH Conwell served the children of Worthington as a public school until 2010, when the school was closed by the Gateway Regional School District. Parents, friends, and community members came together to fight to keep their school open. The Gateway Regional School District closed Worthington’s school along with two other elementary schools in the District. Worthington banded together to try to work with the Gateway District to keep their school open and the only town to re-open as a private school when our school was closed by the Gateway Regional School District.
When the school re-opened it remained true to its roots as a community based school with unprecedented community and parent involvement and support. This involvement and support is inherent in the name that was chosen for the private school.
RH Conwell Community Education Center is an affordable and accessible private school where teachers shape curriculum according to the needs and interests of individual children; a school where the curriculum extends beyond the building walls to the woods and garden, the parent-made bike trail, the restaurant across the street, the library down the road, and to the farms and fields of our town. We are, at our core, a community school and have always been a community school.
In addition to opening a private school our community has been working with local and state government to re-open RH Conwell as a public school. We are currently in the process of having a bill passed that will allow Worthington to exit from the Gateway Regional School District and run its own elementary school. The bill has already passed the House and is now awaiting approval from the Senate.
We have now come upon another hurdle and we need your help. We are confident that the legislation will pass and we will be able to re-open RH Conwell as a public school for the 2015-2016 school year. However, we need your help to raise $300,000 to keep the RH Conwell Community Center open for this bridge year! Our community does not want to send its children away from town for one year; however, our current funding sources will not be able to support us to the extent that they have for the last school year.
To ensure our ability to operate at full capacity next year we need your help now. Your donation will go directly to the school so we can remain open during this bridge year from private back to a public school.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help keep our civic and educational mission alive. We thank you all for your continued support! To make a donation, go to the Support/Donate tab above.