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Keystone Task Force: Task force formed to preserve the Keystone Science School

Re: "Keystone Science School striking out on its own," by Jessica Smith, Jan. 4

Recently, the Summit Daily reported on an exciting new venture for Keystone Science School, one of Summit County's most beloved institutions.

As was reported, the school's current parent organization, The Keystone Center (TKC), has experienced financial stresses and, as a result, the TKC Board of Directors has concluded that it is necessary to sell the 23 acre parcel on which Keystone Science School (KSS) resides. A task force of dedicated Summit County volunteers was asked to lead the effort to purchase this property and preserve the Science School. Due to the greater financial picture of the organization, time is of the essence. The task force must raise at least $2.5 million by the end of January to succeed. The group first met in early December and since then, has been successful in raising $1.5 million towards this goal. In just under a month, members of this incredible community have stepped up to the challenge. They've shown all of us what it means to give and support Keystone Science School in this time of great need and opportunity. If the task force is successful, Keystone Science School will become its own independent and locally operated nonprofit organization with the capacity to serve this community long into the future.

We are all a part of the task force for one reason: we believe that the science school makes a difference in this community and in communities far and wide by inspiring youth to think critically, challenge themselves and build confidence to be the leaders of the future. Our own children and grandchildren participate in KSS's programs and we've seen the difference first hand.

The Campaign for KSS is happening now. Time is critical as the task force must be ready to purchase the property by the end of January 2013. The Summit County community is a generous one - the science school and the task force appreciates all of the support through the school's 37 years in existence. At this time, we need your support more than ever to ensure the school's future and its capacity to touch the lives of our children, grandchildren and children of generations to come.

Please consider being a part of preserving the school's legacy. Contact KSS's executive director, Ellen Reid, ereid@keystone.org or Development Associate Liz Trower, ltrower@

keystone.org, to provide your support or to get more information. Or visit www.keystonescienceschool.org to read the Campaign for KSS Case Statement and Frequently Asked Questions. Donations can also be made online via the website.


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