Long before the first hour bell rings through the halls of the Crosslake Community School’s new building, students, staff, and community members have been given the opportunity to catch a firsthand glimpse of what the school will have to offer.
The school has been planning a new facility for years; however, like most school projects, funding is one of the last obstacles to turning those plans into a reality. As a charter school, Crosslake’s hurdle is even higher. Receiving less per-pupil dollars than traditional public schools and unable to levy property taxes, charter schools must rely on other forms of funding: namely fundraising.
To help the school in their efforts, Widseth Smith Nolting produced a video highlighting a virtual tour of the proposed facilities allowing stakeholders to take a morning stroll through the school long before it is built. Anna, the 11-year-old tour guide, leads visitors through the hallways pointing out some of the school’s features, thereby helping people visualize the final, community-based project before a shovel hits the ground.