Completed Interior and Exterior Paint
Completed Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing
- Finalize wood carpentry in Innovation Lab
- Obtain Certificate of Occupancy
- The Barn has been painted!
- Cabinets have been installed inside the Barn
- Copper on roof and siding has been installed
- Cabinets and sky lights have been installed
- Concrete floors have been polished
Seven short years, pre-k through fourth grade. They are fleeting, yet filled with astonishing potential. These foundational years establish a child’s trajectory for all future educational endeavors. For more than 60 years, The Lamplighter School has helped guide children toward successful lives as forever learners.
There has never been a time when it is more crucial for children to have a school that, in the words of our motto, views students not as vessels to be filled but as lamps to be lighted. To be true to its distinguished past, Lamplighter must prepare for the demands of its future. We invite you to help ensure the continued fulfillment of our mission. Join us in Igniting Young Minds for a Lifetime of Learning, a $12 million campaign to fund the people, place, and programs of The Lamplighter School.
Lamplighter is a school made for the way children are made. Beginning in the 1950s, Lamplighter’s founders developed a campus, a curriculum, and a community that focused on giving students a strong foundation in the fundamental and high-flying opportunities for creativity – a serious education wrapped in the wonder of childhood. Our students learn to interpret the world and to synthesize diverse influences into fresh and valuable ideas.
The Igniting Young Minds for a Lifetime of Learning: Campaign to Fund People, Place, and Programs has a goal is $12,500,000.
As of February 2017, there is less than $1,000,000 left to raise.
There are four major categories of priority need:
Campus Enhancements - $9,500,000
Endowment for Faculty and Students - $1,000,000
Program Support - $2,000,000
New construction will include an Innovation Lab with a teaching kitchen, an environmental science classroom, a robotics lab, and a woodworking classroom. A new barn will provide new classrooms and a new chicken coop, and an extended ring road will allow better usage of existing space for students and learning. The School began preparing for the new construction and other enhancements to its facilities during the summer of 2015 when extensive infrastructure work began on utilities and the ring road.
Both new construction and other facilities enhancements will be phased in order to minimize the disruption to Lamplighter’s unique educational programs. The current schedule for Phase One calls for the Innovation Lab to be open for full use by fall 2017, along with the new barn that will also be available by fall 2017.
The safety and security of our students is always the primary consideration at Lamplighter. There will be many opportunities for learning associated with the construction project.
We are so fortunate to have an award-winning architect design the buildings for Lamplighter. Our architect, Marlon Blackwell, received the prestigious Cooper Hewitt Award, presented by the Smithsonian Design Museum. He is one of our nation's top designers and his firm is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
No, the copper has already started to patina and by next year at this time the color will be much different. Copper is initially bright reddish-brown in color, but when exposed to the atmosphere, it acquires a protective patina that turns from brown to black to green over an eight to ten year period. Though copper does corrode, this protective patina makes copper a corrosion-resistant material.
Absolutely! The architect worked hard to keep many of the construction materials the same as we have always had at Lamplighter. The rooftops of both the Jonsson Library and the Cook Gym are made of copper.
The new building will house a maker space, digital fabrication & robotics space, a project room, a teaching kitchen, woodworking space, environmental science classroom, and two outdoor teaching porches.
We are all eager for the pig, cow, and sheep to return to campus. They will definitely make their debut in the fall. Their new home will include a beautiful shade tree and they will be located in an animal pen adjacent to the barn.
The seniors have done an amazing job of taking care of the chickens in the temporary coop. It has not been easy, but they are focused on making the very best situation for our beloved chickens. The new chickens will be taken to the new coop before the end of the school year. Since the landscape team will need to plant trees and grass in the area where the chickens reside temporarily, we will have to move them in the next week or so. The entire coop will be forklifted and the chickens carried over in special animal carriers so that the Lamplighter Layers chicken-raising and egg-selling business managed by the 4th grade students can continue through the end of the school year.
The landscape team has been busy at work and has planted 167 trees so far. We expect a few dozen additional trees planted by the time that the project is complete.
The Igniting Young Minds for a Lifetime of Learning campaign is a comprehensive fundraising effort including the continuation of the Annual Fund and Auction throughout the effort.
Your continued generous support of the Annual Fund and the Auction are essential to the success of the campaign and you will be contacted regarding these efforts in the usual manner. Hopefully, you will consider an additional capital contribution to this project.
The School, through the Campaign Steering Committee, has been actively soliciting leadership and major contributions to the campaign from the Board of Trustees and other individuals, parents – current and former, grandparents, alumni and friends, as well as foundations and other entities. This process will be continued and expanded during the remaining months of the campaign with personal contacts.