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An anonymous donor has pledged a $500,000 contribution to La Casa's Capital Campaign if La Casa can raise an additional $1 million as part of its fundraising campaign for a charter school.

La Casa is in the midst of a $6.5 million capital campaign to reduce the educational achievement gap and build a 44,000-square-foot facility that will house its elementary charter school for 500 students. Construction officially began on September 1 and will be completed in time for the 2017/18 academic school year.

To date, La Casa has raised $3.0 million and it is redoubling its efforts to meet the challenge grant by its 51st Anniversary Celebration on February 24, and to raise the remaining funds by the end of 2018, said Anselmo Villareal, president and CEO of La Casa de Esperanza.

In a press release this week, La Casa officials expressed appreciation for everyone who has given to the campaign. They encourage those who are considering a first-time gift or an additional gift, to call or visit the school to see first-hand what a contribution is allowing them to accomplish.

Every dollar that is raised will be used to meet the challenge. The additional $500,000 would offer further help to reduce the educational achievement gap of those children most in need in the community.

"The children in our community need La Casa's charter school," Villarreal said. "We can focus on both the academic skills and the social needs of our students so that they can succeed both academically and socio-economically."

La Casa's current enrollment of 120 students in 4-and 5-year-old kindergarten and first grade will be increased to accommodate the approximately 75 students who are waiting to enter the Charter School’s 4K classrooms this fall.

The establishment of a La Casa Charter School, which was in the planning stages for 10 years, and the building of a facility which will allow La Casa to provide a setting where children can learn and succeed, has been the primary focus of La Casa de Esperanza since the early 1990s.

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