Snap: Jefferson School collects big checks

The long-anticipated Jefferson School renovation officially kicked off September 14 with the ringing of a school bell by a former student and donations of $67,000 to the $18-million rehab project.

The largest donor was Union First Market Bank, which loaned the project $12 million and presented a check for $50,000. Kjellstrom and Lee is doing the construction, and that company kicked in a $15,000 donation. And an organization called The Links contributed $2,000 to the African American Heritage Center, which will be housed in part of the old school.

Work on the historic African-American school is expected to be completed in the fall of 2012, when its tenants will include the city's Carver Recreation, Piedmont Virginia Community College, and the Piedmont Family YMCA.

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