New York School Shed Project

Hello my name is Jake Lester I am the chair for an organization called Freedom by Design. We are part of the national organization American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). Every year the Lawrence chapter of AIAS and Freedom by Design picks a project to help better the community, we then design, fundraise, and build the project. This year we have picked New York Elementary school, which is in need of a garden shed. This garden shed will not only store the tools for the gardens but also include and outdoor classroom space all easily accessible for K-5 students. The design process is underway along with fundraising. We are trying to reach the goal of $4,000 for this project. We have many different fundraisers that we are going to be doing; such as the MLK chili feed on January 19th where we will be having a silent auction of desserts, on February 26th we will be having a final Friday at New York Elementary we will be accepting donations at the door there will also be musical entertainment, and possibly an art auction. We also have a go fund me online, the link is on many different Facebook pages such as: NY garden club, New York Elementary, AIAS KU, ELNA, and the NY PTO page. Some in the community have already decided to help us such as Eric Jay at Struct/Restruct donating materials and desserts donated from the companies Perkins. We’ve also got donations from Henderson Engineers Inc. Any help we can get from the community will be greatly appreciated, this is a great project that we are all very excited about doing for the kids! If you have any more questions feel free to email me at



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