Community School has been serving the Roanoke Valley for more than 40 years, and as they look to the future, school leaders say it could use an upgrade.
Later this morning, school leaders will break ground on a brand new addition that will be just as unique as the school's teaching methods.
STEM is something you hear a lot these days. It stands for science, technology, engineering, and math, and the folks at Community School say they want to make sure their students have the tools they need to succeed in these critical fields.
And that's just what they plan to give them in this new addition.
It will be home to a brand new STEM lab, a music lab, and a multi-purpose room.
Perhaps even more interesting than what is going inside is what the building will be made out of.
Contractors will be using a recycled material that does not require any trees to be cut down and that has very efficient insulation.
School leaders say they stress the importance of conservation and energy efficiency in their classrooms, so they wanted the building to fall in line with that philosophy.
Community School is a private k-8 school in the Hollins area that takes a different approach to learning, where the focus is less on standardized testing and grades and more on fostering a creative environment for the students.
They believe this addition will help further that mission.
"The school is really based on trying to incorporate the sciences, the humanities, and the arts in a nurturing environment,"said Dave Lloyd, chairman of Community School, "and to have one building that really encapsulates that is going to be really wonderful."
That groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 11 this morning rain or shine.
Construction will begin within a month, and the project should be completely done and ready to go by the start of next school year.