Campaign for former Mulgrave school picks up steam

MULGRAVE: Launched only two weeks after the final round of classes at Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre (MMEC), an on-line fundraising campaign to re-imagine the building for a variety of community uses is gaining momentum.

The “Move Mountains For Mulgrave” campaign officially went on-line as a GoFundMe campaign on July 12, not long after the MMEC site on Murray Street came under the ownership of the Town of Mulgrave as the result of its official closure in late June. With a published fundraising goal of $5,000, the site had raised $850 as of Friday morning.

“We didn’t want to try and make our goal too lofty,” explained campaign spokesman Joe Brennan, whose team has held meetings with town officials and with the Eastern-Strait Regional Enterprise Network (ESREN) in recent weeks to explore partnership options for the ex-MMEC site.

As a follow-up to these efforts, Brennan officially launched the GoFundMe initiative earlier this month to coincide with the town’s annual Scotia Days activities. With this year’s Scotia Days schedule including several reunions for alumni of both MMEC and other schools that have served the community over the years, Brennan and his supporters felt the time was right to reach out to current and former town residents interested in redesigning the former school as an all-access community space.

“It’s been going great so far,” he said of the immediate public reaction to the campaign.

“Whether they live here year-round or they used to live here and are just back in Mulgrave for Scotia Days or some other reason, people are really motivated to do something with this school.”

With another meeting with the ESREN on deck for this week, the “Move Mountains For Mulgrave” campaign is weighing the options for a variety of uses for the former school building. These include staging sports activities and other recreation programs in the building’s gymnasium, hosting entertainment events such as music and theatre performances, and partnering with local business interests for options such as an indoor incubator mall.

“We’ve got 10 to 15 different ideas for things we can do with the people and businesses around here, within the school,” Brennan added.

With a long-range strategy targeted to take shape over the next three-to-six months, Brennan is hopeful that the early contributions to the project’s GoFundMe page will keep picking up steam as the summer rolls on.

“We’re definitely on track,” Brennan declared.

For more information or to donate to the “Move Mountains For Mulgrave” initiative, visit the Web link: https://www.gofundme.com/mulgrave-school-building-fund.