Just months after its completion for use, the Fair Oaks Elementary School multi-purpose room is getting a new addition.
During the Jan. 4 Oakdale Joint Unified School District board meeting, the board approved a generous donation of media equipment to be made directly to the school by Mountain View Church.
It’s a donation which will include: speaker system with mounting brackets, sound board, microphone equipment, a 65-inch television and wall mount, as well as the labor for installation.
Mountain View Church currently uses the Fair Oaks campus to host Sunday morning services each week at 10 a.m., a partnership which first began over two years ago.
“Even before this opportunity, we were conversing about what it would be like to get into a school,” Joey Prather, Family Life Pastor said, noting the partnership with a school facility as a win/win.
“It really is in keeping with our mission statement,” Worship Pastor Mitch Fewell said. “Our love for God leads us to love our world.”
The two stated that as result of their partnership with the campus and use of their facilities they have enjoyed working with school Principal Kathy Pinol on several campus projects. Improvements prior to the most recent have included painting areas on the playground, as well as contributing to the new playground built in early 2015.
Upon their first use of the school, the church used the old cafeteria location to host their worship services, as well as several classrooms for Sunday school.
“We love it, it’s beautiful,” Fewell said of the new multi-purpose room. “Just seeing our abilities and their needs. It’s such a nice structure and we want to match that. It would be a shame to see something installed that did not match that.”
“This addition will be great for our monthly character assemblies,” Pinol said. “To have that technology will be wonderful. They came to me.”
“It was the same with the playground,” Prather said. “We came to her and said there’s some money that we have; we’d like to help.
“We are just eternally grateful to Kathy,” he continued, “and the district for letting us bombard the campus. Not just the café (multi-purpose room), but the five classrooms as well for Sunday school.”
“This is all paid for beyond the monetary value of the equipment,” Pinol reiterated, “but the monetary value of the labor as well. We are very grateful and pleased with our relationship with them.”
Now with the green light from the powers that be, equipment and future installation can be lined up for the campus.
For additional information on Mountain View Church visit www.mvcoakdale.com.