The association also donated $1,500 toward school improvements, constructed a new front entrance, installed new shelving to provide students with more organized classrooms and worked with the fifth grade science club to design a landscape project for the school’s courtyard.
In June, the results from the state achievement test were released — Mollie Ray had jumped from an F to an amazing C+ in just one year.
“We are pleased to award this year’s honor to a service project that has such an immediate and important impact on the local community,” said Dale Stuard, a past president of NAHB and chairman of the National Housing Endowment, the philanthropic arm of NAHB. “It was a difficult decision since so many of the projects we reviewed resulted in a significant improvement in the lives of others, and it proves once again that home builders across the nation are committed to making a difference in their communities.”
The Mollie E. Ray Elementary School Partnership was selected from 42 entries submitted by NAHB members and local and state home builders associations.
The association received a $5,000 donation to its charity, the Mid-Florida Home Builders Foundation. The money will be used to support the Mollie Ray project, which has been extended through the current academic year, as well as other service projects in the Orlando area.