A $500,000 grant from the John and Anna Hanes Foundation is enabling Salem Academy to begin renovating its dormitories where more than 100 boarding students live. Salem Academy, a college preparatory boarding and day school for young women was founded in 1772.
Three of the Academy’s four residence wings will be updated with modern style and amenities during phased construction over the next three years. The Caroline Schaffner and Emma Bahnson wings, erected in 1930, and the Mary McCoy Hodges wing, added in 1971, will see new HVAC systems, new flooring, wall maintenance, new furniture, and improved technology and data connections.
When all of the renovations are completed, all Salem Academy dorm rooms will have central heat and air conditioning. These needed renovations will ensure that Salem remains competitive among the top boarding schools in the nation. The 2014-15 academic year saw Academy enrollment increase by 12%. Currently, boarding students make up half of the student body.
The John Wesley and Anna Hodgin Hanes Foundation was established in 1947 by their children (Daisy Hanes Lassiter, Lucy Hanes Chatham, John Wesley Jr., James Gordon Sr., Ralph Philip, and Robert March) and their grandchildren (Hugh G. Chatham and Anne Hanes Willis). The foundation's initial mission was to improve the lives of the citizens of Forsyth County, NC, and in 1958 its scope was broadened to include all of North Carolina, while continuing to have a distinct focus on Forsyth County citizens.
Academy dorm renovations are part of Salem’s $60 million comprehensive campaign priority on capital and technological infrastructures. The campaign, which has raised more than $30 million over the last two years, was announced in December 2014 and launched on March 16, 2015, with a gala event.