In a ceremony at its campus on Foothill Road, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the Lynda Fairly Courtyard, marking the official start of construction.
More than 50 community members and supporters joined Girls Inc. staff, members and families at the event, including local philanthropist Lynda Fairly, Carpinteria Unified School District Superintendent Diana Rigby, and members of Grant Cox Enterprises, which facilitated the courtyard design.
Earlier this year, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria announced the total renovation of its outdoor courtyard into an intentional mixed-use community space, complete with dedicated outdoor classroom areas and an interactive natural playground, in an environmentally conscious and meditative landscape.
Funding for the renovation came primarily from Fairly and the La Centra-Summerland Foundation.
Fairly joined Jamie Collins, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria executive directo , and several members Girls Inc. programs in the officially groundbreaking.
Girls Inc. of Carpinteria is a member of Girls Incorporated, a nonprofit that inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Programming focuses on the development of the whole girl, with programs and experiences designed to equip girls to overcome serious barriers and grow up healthy, educated and independent.
A combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment and research-based programming prepares participants to lead fulfilling and productive lives, and become role models in their community.
Girls Inc. of Carpinteria currently serves more than 1,100 youth in the Carpinteria Valley, in grades K-12. To learn more, become a volunteer or offer support, visit www.girlsinc-carp.org/. or call 805-684-6364.