New Building Fund

Photos of the Project

New Construction!

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Ground Breaking Ceremony

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Read the full story about our next big step >>

For sixteen years the Village School leased a school building from the Town of Royalston. The current lease expires September 2018 and the town needs the building. The old school building has served the Village School well over the years. As the student population has grown, so has the need for additional space. The school is overflowing the four classroom building, with math groups under the stairs and music lessons in the hallways. Potential students are turned away due to limited class space.

It's time to build the permanent home for the Village School, to serve the educational program in its entirety. The new campus will have spaces suitable for dance, drama, woodworking, pottery, after school music lessons and much more.

The new building serves 75 to 90 students and expands the community resource programs including summer programs for children, seminars for teachers, after-school programs in the arts and environmental science classes for all ages.


  • The Millers River Educational Cooperative, Inc. purchased the former Camp Caravan property in 1998. This is the site of the Village School’s permanent home, the heart of a continuing education campus for the North Quabbin area.
  • $600,000 has been raised for renovating Camp Caravan buildings.
  • $1,000,000 has been raised for the Village School new building.
  • We have our building permit! Construction has begun.

Your help is needed to complete the fundraising and finish the new building.

This is the dream and vision of the Millers River Educational cooperative (MREC) - to establish a home for the Village School on a campus dedi-cated to continuous education, situated at Camp Caravan in Royalston Massachusetts, serving northwest Worcester County and northeast Franklin County.


  • Local parents founded the Village School
  • In addition to challenging, hands-on academics, the school's focus is connecting students with nature in an atmosphere of kindness and cooperation
  • The new building will serve students from preschool through the sixth grade
  • Buildings on the new property will be available for community use
  • The Village School is the cornerstone of an educational campus to serve children & adults


Millers River Educational Cooperative is uniquely poised to meet the practical educational needs in the area. Only through the commitment of our supporters and friends can we realize this impor-tant vision. We ask for your support as we work together to make the dream a reality.

Donate Today or make a pledge. Significant gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations are required for this campaign to be successful.


Pledges are payable over a 3 year period. Donating appreciated securities, real property, life insurance or other assets, may provide tax advantages.


Yes. All gifts to the Village School Capital Campaign are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law. Please consult your tax advisor.


Yes. Gifts to the Growing Roots for the Future campaign can be designed to show personalized participation, to honor a friend or relative, or to recognize the participation of a business firm or organization.


The Village School has a mandate to keep tuition low and affordable. Over $45,000 is given annually in financial assistance, funded directly by operations, and thus constricting the budget. This amount has not been sufficient to meet financial need, subsequently prohibiting some children from attending the school. An endowment and scholarship fund will alleviate this situation and secure the School's commitment to its students.