Start of the Grand Blanc Pavilion fundraising campaign to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Perry Center

GRAND BLANC, MI – To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Perry Center of Grand Blanc Community Schools, the community is launching a fundraising campaign to raise $ 26,000 to build a community pavilion and outdoor classroom.

The campaign, carried out in partnership with the Grand Blanc Alumni Association, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Grand Blanc community schools, has set itself the goal of providing a “beautiful” pavilion to help advance Perry’s innovation. Long-standing center.

If the effort reaches its goal of $ 26,000, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will match its funding through its Public Spaces Community Places program, giving the alumni association more than $ 50,000 to build the pavilion.

Related: Historic fireplace of the Perry Center in Grand Blanc being deconstructed

The funding will be used to build a 20 foot by 20 foot pavilion, four picnic tables, garden benches and beds, concrete foundations, landscaping materials and historic plaques that will showcase the history of the Perry Center. The pavilion should be located just outside the Perry Center, next to the Perry Playground.

Donations can be made on the project website.

“This campaign honors a unique historic asset by creating a vibrant outdoor learning and gathering space for all to enjoy,” said Michele Wildman, Senior Vice President of Community Development at MEDC. “We are delighted to support and provide resources for this project through our Public Spaces Community Places program. “

The Perry Center has always been recognized as a pillar of the Grand Blanc community. It became the first consolidated school in the state of Michigan after it opened in 1922.

After World War II, Grand Blanc began to turn away from a farming community when people returned from the war and started working at the General Motors factory.

Due to an increase in population, eight additions were made to the building over the next 30 years, said Max Harrison, historian of Grand Blanc and president of the Alumni Association.

The Perry Center was awarded a historical marker in 2013 through the Michigan Historical Commission. The building currently houses the Perry Innovation Center with Levels 2-8, Kindergarten, Programs Department, and Technology Services Department.

In June, the grand fireplace that served as an unofficial landmark for the Perry Center in the Grand Blanc skyline was deconstructed.

Related: Historic fireplace of the Perry Center in Grand Blanc being deconstructed

Since its initial construction in 1950, the structure has started to collapse with age. The bricks becoming unstable, the district begins its deconstruction to avoid any dangerous collapse.

“The continued excellence of our school system is a great source of pride for our community. The success of this campaign is a perfect way to demonstrate our endless commitment to educating our children and our community, ”said Mayor of Grand Blanc, Susan Soderstrom.

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