Foundation for Roanoke Valley announced today it has awarded $55,000 to Apple Ridge Farm to underwrite a new 30’ x 60’ outdoor classroom pavilion. The grant comes from the Foundation’s Jacqueline S. (Jackie) and Shelborn L. (S.L.) Spangler Fund, which was established in 2006 through the estate of S. L. Spangler. The purpose of this endowment fund is to address a wide variety of important needs and opportunities in the communities along the Route 221 south corridor, generally falling between Cotton Hill Road and Check, Virginia. This designation reflects where the Spanglers lived during the course of their lifetimes.
“The Foundation’s grant to support the construction of this beautiful facility in the Spangler’s memory will benefit our organization for years to come. We are so appreciative that Foundation for Roanoke Valley continues to provide Apple Ridge Farm with outstanding support to further our mission of ‘Helping Kids Grow’. The Spangler Pavilion is a timber frame pavilion constructed from 6,582 board feet of Eastern White Pine cut from logs harvested on Apple Ridge’s property. The pavilion design is a hybrid timber frame structure utilizing traditional timber framing construction for the most visible parts of the building and conventional construction for the rest. Instead of using metal hardware to connect the timbers, the Spangler Pavilion was constructed using precise mortise and tenon joinery, which was secured with wooden pegs,” said Peter Lewis, President of Apple Ridge Farm.
“Apple Ridge Farm has been providing educational resources to underserved children for decades, and the Foundation is thrilled to support Apple Ridge in this next step of creating an outdoor learning environment for its students,” noted Alan Ronk, the Foundation’s Executive Director.
The pavilion will also be utilized by the general public during periods when the camp is not in use. For more information, please call Apple Ridge Farm at 540.982.1332.
Foundation for Roanoke Valley is the community foundation serving this region. The Foundation has worked for 25 years to administer and make grants from hundreds of named endowment funds on behalf of the community. For more information, visit Foundation for Roanoke Valley’s website at www.foundationforroanokevalley.org or call 985-0204.