In the past week, Currituck BBQ Company has received donations from insistent community members, restaurant patrons, and tourists who want to be a part of helping restore the Coinjock Rosenwald School. One group even left cash in their drink cups as a donation.
We've appreciated so much everyone's enthusiasm about this project and wanted to give everyone interested a safe and easy way to donate. We figured this was better than a drink cup! We've intentionally put the donation goal as one dollar to emphasize that we are committed to rehabilitating the school no matter what. Any contribution you'd like to make is deeply appreciated, and we will be acknowledging donors by name, in print, inside the school when it is finished.
The Coinjock Rosenwald School was built in 1920 to educate local African American children from 1st through 6th grade. The school was built with financial help from the community and a grant from the Rosenwald Fund. In conjunction with Booker T. Washington of the Tuskegee Institute, Julius Rosenwald helped finance over 5300 buildings for African American students in the Deep South, primarily schools.
The first phase of rehabilitation is installing a new roof. The current roof has caved in in several places, exposing the rest of the building to rain and wind. Estimates on a new roof range from $25,000 to $55,000, depending on whether an architectural shingle roof, galvanized metal roof, or cedar shake roof is installed.
This fundraiser will help complete the work on the roof and protect the school as it waits for the rest of the restoration.
Again, we are so grateful and heartened by the community's response to the Coinjock Rosenwald School Project. Thank you for your excitement!