History

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The Fairbanks was built in 1906 as a public school. It has had several additions since it opened its doors over a century ago.  The Fairbanks began as a four-room brick building and quickly expanded into an eight classroom schoolhouse with indoor plumbing in 1910. Years later, a cafeteria, gymnasium, two additional classrooms and a library were added. Fairbanks Elementary served Grant Beach Neighborhood area students for 100 years. In 2007 the school closed and attending students were routed to other area schools.  After the school’s closing, the buildings deteriorated and suffered vandalism.  With new ownership in 2013, the buildings are being restored and leased to community betterment initiatives.

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Progress

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The importance of preservation of these buildings lie in their namesake, “Fairbanks”. The name Jonathan Fairbanks is well-known in the history of the Springfield Public School System. The successful development of the SPS is due largely to Fairbanks’ untiring efforts and capable administration as superintendent. A man of enlightened views, Jonathan Fairbanks was known to be eminently practical while liberal in his consideration of the various propositions which entered into the scheme of modern education.

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Our Programs

Programming is targeted to low-income families, especially those without liveable wages. The Fairbanks currently serves as a hub for youth and adult education classes through Missouri Mentoring Partnership and Northwest Project; quality early childhood education through Life 360 Family Services; financial education through local bank partnerships; and food access through Springfield Community Gardens and Ozarks Food Harvest. Social enterprise is being made possible through a community kitchen and other agri-business support. Additional services include: food pantry, diaper bank, and Springfield Brewing Company Bike Shop. Coming Soon: Coffee Shop and Library, Tutoring Lab, Laundromat, Screen Printing Shop, Sewing and Alterations, Community Classroom, and Multimedia Arts.

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The Northwest Project

Focusing on a Brighter Future for Families

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Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Connecting a Passion to Purpose

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The Northwest Project

Focusing on a Brighter Future for Families

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Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Connecting a Passion to Purpose