galaxy-elementary-web.jpgWEST PALM BEACH – The Palm Beach County School Board has recognized The Quantum Foundation, the county’s largest private foundation, for awarding a $750,000 grant toward the $2.3 million capital campaign for the “new” Galaxy Elementary School in Boynton Beach.

This state-of-art replacement school will be the district’s eighth green school, and is the first public school in Florida to register for LEED Platinum certification. The new school will be completed in August 2013.

The Quantum grant specifically focuses on the “Wonderment Center,” a two-story focal point of the school that will include two skills labs and lots of interactive learning to help Galaxy create and maintain exemplary programs in science and math. That goal is consistent with the foundation’s mission of improving science and health education countywide for all students

The fundraising is being managed by the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. “In addition to the $20.3 million in construction dollars, supplemental funds were needed for LEED Platinum certification and the highly anticipated Wonderment Center,” its Executive Director Mary Kay Murray said. “This two story building will feature interpretive, interactive multi-age work stations and will resemble a small museum. Through the Quantum Foundation donation, these features are now a reality.”

The Quantum Foundation, said Kerry Diaz, its president, “is happy to partner with the school district to bring science to life in a way that kids can touch and be inspired by. As one Galaxy student said about the school: ‘I can’t wait to see what’s inside’!”

For more information contact Kay Murray at 561-357-7659 or