Charter School receives major gift for new science labs


The Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School has received a $100,000 donation from Robert Day through the W.M. Keck Foundation, according to a press release. This grant will be used by the school primarily to work on completing an addition to the school for new science and tech labs.

In September 2016, the school will celebrate its 20th anniversary of teaching the Massachusetts curriculum in small, mixed-age, project-based classes. The school provides a public school option for 180 students coming from all Island towns. Upgrading the science facilities accompanies the school’s work to align the curriculum with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Upon receiving a major grant in April 2014 from Massachusetts Life Science Center for new science supplies, the school began building a new science/tech wing. “This generous grant from Robert Day as chairman and CEO of the Keck Foundation could not have come at a better time,” said MVPCS Director Robert Moore. “We began work on the addition to our schoolhouse last year, and will be able to continue work through this summer. Our plan is to open the classrooms in September 2016. We are deeply grateful for this gift.”