Three Rivers non-profit raising money to transform historic Huss Elementary School

A nonprofit in Three Rivers is asking for help to turn an old elementary school into a new community center.

Culture is Not Optional, a faith-based non-profit in Three Rivers, is trying to raise $50,000 to transform what used to be the Huss Elementary School into a community center.

Rob Vander Giessen-Reitsma said, "Our goal at the Huss Project is to grow friendship and imagination through food, art and play. The Imaginarium will embody those things in a physical space and will be a creative and whimsical space that people can use for all kinds of imaginative activities."

The organization released a video Thursday to highlight a new crowdfunding push, called the Giant Step Campaign.

They want to make over the Huss school space to continue their programs, such as a summer lunch program and growing fruits and vegetables.

The non-profit purchased the school in 2009.

The space would also allow them to add new programs, like an after-school program for reading.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation will match the funds, if the goal is met, with another $50,000.

Donations can be made the online fundraiser at the Huss Project website.

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