By the time this letter is published, the Campaign for Keystone Science School will have come to a close. The past 60 days of fundraising has yielded much more than the funding necessary for Keystone Science School to purchase the campus property and become an independent 501(c)3. It has brought together students and teachers, parents and grandparents, alumni and staff, campers, and all who believe in teaching the next generation to think critically using the lens of science mixed with a healthy dose of adventure and fun. We've been uplifted by the generosity of this incredible community (with over 250 donors joining the effort!) where 9 year olds emptied their piggy banks to be a part of the effort. We've seen foundations and corporations go above and beyond to accommodate the short timeline and give generously. Neighborhoods rallied together to send support and encouragement. Our Facebook "friends" sent a fundraising request to more than 18,000 people, sharing our message far and wide. KSS staff continued working hard to provide quality educational programs to students. And a dedicated group of local supporters, our task force, worked tirelessly to get us to the finish line.
With all of this incredible support, we achieved our goal. To say "thank you" would be an understatement. We are humbled and deeply grateful. We take this support seriously and understand that it comes with a great deal of trust and responsibility. As the organization's leader, I will continue to work hard to ensure the indelible impact KSS has made on this community will continue long into the future. Now, Keystone Science School begins its journey as an independent nonprofit serving Summit County and communities across the country. Here's to more science, adventure and fun for years to come!
Ellen Reid, Breckenridge