Capital Campaign to Rebuild and Strengthen the Hoboken Charter School

Just over two years ago, Hoboken Charter School moved into its very own school building for the first time in its 14 year history. The entire HCS community pulled together and worked tirelessly to ensure that our abrupt removal from the Demarest Building transitioned seamlessly into a welcoming and supportive new home for our children at 713 Washington Street. In order to move into the space quickly, we used the proceeds of years of fundraising by current and former HCS parents to renovate the middle three floors of the building, leaving the basement and top floor unused. And, it was only last year that the Friends of the Hoboken Charter School financed the purchase of the building, thereby becoming the first charter school with a permanent home in Hoboken.

In September 2012, we began the school year seemingly without disruption and optimistic about plans for a capital campaign to expand upon our building renovations. Instead, on the second day of school, we again faced adversity as these plans, along with the building, went up in flames. Fortunately, through the swift actions of staff, children, and Hoboken first responders, we suffered only the loss of the building and its physical contents. Once again in crisis mode, the HCS community quickly secured an interim facility to resume instruction and committed all of our resources to replace and rebuild all that was lost at 713 Washington. And then, just as our recovery plans were gathering strength, we faced yet another catastrophic blow to our broader community and the entire region in the form of Hurricane Sandy.

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While we know the hurricane has impacted so many people financially, emotionally, and otherwise, the urgency of our need to raise funds so we can return our school to Hoboken for the 2013-2014 school year is greater than ever. The clock is ticking every day and we cannot allow the flood to wash away our ongoing needs. Our continued expectations are that insurance monies will largely cover expenses to return the school to its former state. However, since the condition of the building after the fire has forced us to raze the building to the studs, we are now required by law to make unanticipated code upgrades which were not necessary when we occupied the building two years ago. Significant additional expenditures will be required to add an elevator, an additional stairway means of egress and install a sprinkler system. And now, with a vacant building and architects and contractors at the ready, there will never be a more advantageous time to fulfill our vision of finishing the basement and 4th floor to fully realize the potential of 713 Washington Street.

In order to finance the construction project for these code upgrades and to fully complete the renovations, we will need to raise a minimum of $600,000 before Spring 2013. We are therefore launching REBUILD HCS, the Capital Campaign to Rebuild and Strengthen the Hoboken Charter School, with the immediate needs and goals — to raise at least $600,000 by March 2013.

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  • $25,000 – Individual Classroom Dedication
  • $10,000 – Classroom Library Sponsorship
  • $5,000 – Membership in the HCS Cornerstone Society
  • $2,500 – Personalized Building Brick

Any and all assistance is greatly appreciated as we will need to both restart our school in a new facility and rebuild the severely damaged building. Donations can be made to the Friends of the Hoboken Charter School. No donation is too large or too small. All donations are tax deductible!

Visit the Capital Campaign Donor Wall here.

Email [email protected] to contact the Friends of the Hoboken Charter School donation coordinator (Caroline Halstead) if you can provide goods and/or services.
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There is no legacy greater than proving for the education of children. We ask you, and all of our Hoboken Charter School families, who value the extraordinary publicly-funded education provided by HCS, who choose a service-learning program that serves a culturally diverse community and who support Hoboken Charter School always through adversity, to make a significant capital campaign contribution now. We need to raise an average of $5,000 per family in order to reach our total goal of $600,000. For those WHO CAN, we ask you to reach for a $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, or more significant contribution — and for ALL, we ask that you give what you can, either financially or through enhanced engagement with the Parents Association or other opportunities to contribute time and services. To make a contribution, please visit this page.

Please also know that we continue to receive and seek support from generous individuals and businesses from outside the immediate HCS community who value the uniqueness of the special learning environment provided at the Hoboken Charter School. Our school building has been destroyed, but our determination to rebuild is unwavering. We thank you in advance for your commitment.

REBUILD HCS Capital Campaign Committee

Steven Calmas, Jane McConnell, and Alissa Modica

P.S. Please feel free to contact any of us to discuss any of the sponsorship opportunities, to share the names of individuals or organizations you think may be interested in supporting REBUILD HCS, to discuss other ways you can support our broader efforts, or with any questions.