Summit Students to Get a Little More Room to Run
Knopper, Melissa, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Melissa Knopper Daily Herald Staff Writer
When physical education teachers tell students at Summit School to run laps, it's not much of a punishment.
That's because the room is about half the size of a typical public school gymnasium.
And since Summit's enrollment keeps growing, things have been feeling a bit cramped lately, Principal Jeanne Berryman said.
"There literally is not enough room in this gym to put up basketball hoops," Berryman said. "It's so crowded, it's hard for kids to run and play like they need to during the day."
The space crunch also affects arts and parent-education programs. If music students want to show off their talents with a recital, for example, they have to pack up their French horns and flutes and carry them to a larger, off-site location.
"We have very talented students who could do a lot of presentations and plays and so on, but we don't have any place for them," Berryman said.
All that will change in a few short months, however, when construction is finished on a new addition at Summit School's Elgin campus. Summit School officials celebrated the new project with a groundbreaking ceremony last month.
The $1.2 million in construction costs will be paid with tax-free bonds, but parents and community members also are involved in an ambitious private fund-raising program to help furnish the addition with new computers and athletic equipment.
"The ($1.2 million) just builds the building," Berryman said. "But then we will have two big empty rooms to fill."
Fund-raisers would like to gather at least $500,000 to purchase everything from multimedia equipment to new basketballs for the Elgin-based private school. …