Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne announced she secured $50,000 in supplemental aid to fund the construction of the Neighborhood Pavilion Project during a brief meeting with Potsdam Central staff on their opening day of the 2018-19 school year.
The project is sponsored by the Potsdam Educational Opportunities Fund (PEOF), and seeks to build an outdoor pavilion adjacent to the Lawrence Avenue Elementary School playground.
The vision for the pavilion is to create a shared space for community activities, safe from sun exposure. The pavilion would be open to the public to use year-round, and would provide a respite from the sun for Lawrence Avenue Elementary students during the school year.
“I am inspired by the committee who has worked so hard to get this project off the ground, and I believe that all children need a safe space to play and engage,” Assemblywoman Jenne said. “This pavilion will truly become a community center, and I am proud to lend my support.”
The assemblywoman said she was moved to seek funding for the pavilion project after meeting with committee members in May.
"Your committee made such a strong case. This is just a little bit of support for what you do every day," Assemblywoman Jenne told the teachers.
She noted she secured the supplemental state aid during the budget process and worked with School Superintendent JoAnn Chambers to determine the best use for those additional funds.
“We are immensely grateful to Assemblywoman Jenne’s continued support of our school community,” Potsdam Central School District Superintendent Joann Chambers said.
Through a number of fundraising efforts, the committee had raised $25,000. This additional $50,000 will meet the overall goal of $75,000 for the construction of the pavilion. Construction Is expected to begin this fall.