Water’s Edge Village School in Corolla receives $10,000 grant from SAGA donor-advised fund

Published 8:47 am Saturday, July 16, 2022

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The Outer Banks Community Foundation and Water’s Edge Village School (WEVS) have announced a new grant award of $10,000 from the SAGA Endowment Fund as part of SAGA’s Community Focus program. The donation supports the WEVS Capital Campaign to build an additional schoolhouse adjacent to its current location in historic Corolla Village.

Waters Edge Village School is a tuition-free North Carolina charter school guided by a mission to incorporate whole child development with an emphasis on project-based, hands-on learning. The school serves 44 students in grades K–8 and has a waiting list of more than two dozen students.

“It is a privilege to invest in the lives and education of local children by offering a donation toward the expansion of the new academic building for Water’s Edge Village School in Corolla,” said Sumit Gupta, president of SAGA Community Focus, the charitable program of SAGA Realty and Construction. “Contributing to and helping our community grow is of utmost importance to SAGA Community Focus and we are honored to be part of this project.”

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“Donors like Saga Community Focus are behind all of the grants and scholarships we administer,” said Community Foundation president and CEO Chris Sawn. “Donor-advised funds allow donors to select which grants are awarded from fund assets each year, and have contributed more than $1.4 million, in nearly 1,000 individual grants, since 1997.”

Water’s Edge Village School is raising 100% of its costs to expand and is looking to the community for help, because by state law, state and local governments may not contribute capital to charter schools, according to a press release from the Outer Banks Community Foundation. The new school building will accommodate current needs and future growth by providing three additional classrooms, a community room, a resource room and a teacher’s office.

Additional contributions to the school’s capital campaign may be made by mailing payments to PO Box 215, Corolla, NC, 27927 or online at watersedgevillageschool.com.