Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation’s Grant to the Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School



The newly founded Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation makes its second charitable contribution in the form of a grant to help facilitate the painting of the historic Sutter Creek Grammar School’s steeple. Pictured here is Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation (SCCBF) Chairman Frank Cunha, awarding the grant to S.C. Historic Grammar School Restoration Committee members Deedie Calmes, Judi Bartholomew and Lisa Klosowski. Also present, representing the Amador Unified School District are Wally Upper, President of the School Board and Dick Glock, Superintendent.

The Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation was founded in late 2012 and is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and development of Sutter Creek’s historic assets, both now and for the future. The SCCBF made their first financial grant less than 1 year after being founded, to the Monteverde General Store Museum. This financial grant to the historic Sutter Creek Grammar School is the second, but hardly the last financial grant that they will make. Their list is of targeted projects grows by day. Sutter Creek can look forward to seeing many more projects funded by this proactive and aggressive Foundation. Keep your eyes out for the South Main Parking Lot historical display & park development and many other wonderful projects that this Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation has coming.

The Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation (SCCBF) hopes to increase the public’s awareness of Sutter Creek’s diverse history and encourages everyone to please join in and help preserve this wonderful city for our future generations. For more information on this proactive organization you can visit www.sccbf.org or call 209-560-6880.

The historic Sutter Creek Grammar School is a majestic building which is on the National Historical Registery#76000477 and also on the California State Historical Registry.  Realizing the financial hardship that the school district faces, a handful of local women have set out to raise the money needed to do repairs. They formed the Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School Restoration Committee in 2012 and have been on a roll ever since, raising over $8,000 in the last 18 months.

The Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School, built in April 1871, is a huge piece of our history. The old Grammar School housed classrooms full of children, after school day care, the Train Museum, Dance Studios and much more over the last 142 years…now sits quiet and empty. Its paint has chipped off exposing the original wood, the attic is now home to pigeons, the front stairs and the fire escape stairs have collapsed and some windows are broken out.

Randy Ronk and Son Painting were awarded the job of painting the steeple and the chimneys, which will happen October 5th-7th.  

It is the Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School Restoration Committee and the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation’s goal to get the school back into shape so it may once again be open to the citizens of Sutter Creek to be used and enjoyed. If you would like to make a donation for future repairs to the school, please mail them to Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation, P.O. Box 24, Sutter Creek, CA  95685.