WAUSAU (WAOW) - The teachers and students at Storefront Learning Center hope the Wausau community will come together and help raise enough money to keep the alternative high school open. School leaders announced last week, the school would close due to financial troubles.
Since the announcement, school leaders have received several checks in the mail from community members and others have announced plans for fundraiser's. But, teachers say there is still not enough to keep the school open. Tim Harvey has taught at Storefront since 1973, one year after it opened. Harvey says, "We would need to raise about $50,000 to keep the school open beyond June. That might allow us to remain open until August or December. Then we could get more of the kids to graduate." He predicts if the school could remain open about 11 of the students would be able to graduate from high school.
Storefront leaders have talked with area school districts about taking on the students enrolled there, should they be forced to close in June.
Student Joanna Lyne says, " I hope it will stay open for future students who need it and that I can graduate before it does close."
If you are interested in learning more about the school it is located at 605 1/2 Third Street in Wausau. You may call 715-842-7576. You can also check it out on Facebook.
Storefront opened in Wausau back in 1972, in an effort to provide a high school diploma, for those students struggling in a traditional school setting.