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Crossnore School gets $1.3 million gift

The Florida-based Leonard and Marjorie Williams Foundation is donating $1.3 Million to The Crossnore School near Linville, prompting the residential education program to rename its charter school the Major Williams Academy.

Crossnore, about 100 miles northwest of Charlotte in Avery County, specializes in helping children who have suffered physical or sexual abuse, or severe neglect.

Former Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis and his wife, Donna, gave $1 million to the school in February. The couple, who live in Charlotte, donated the money to help the century-old school kick off a campaign that seeks to raise $6.3 million this year. The money will build housing for 30 additional children and a new school building.

In response to the donation, Crossnore renamed it’s part of the campus the Ken and Donna Lewis Young Children’s Village.

The $1.3 million gift from the Leonard and Marjorie Williams Foundation is the largest in the school’s 100 year history. The money will expand the K-12 charter school located

Brett A. Loftis, CEO of Crossnore, said the expansion will allow the Academy to increase enrollment by fifty percent. Currently, the academy serves over 100 children in Avery County each year.

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