Chapman’s Ice Cream rescues local school
Amid proposed closure, school is purchased by local Markdale, Ont. ice cream company to lease back at a low rate to school board.
When the Chapman’s—as in the owners and operators of Chapman’s Ice Cream—heard that the lone elementary school in their area of Markland, Ont. was being shut down, there was only one thing to do—be true to your school!
Ashley Chapman, vice-president of Chapman’s Ice Cream used to go to Beavercrest Community School, and together with his mother and company president Penny Chapman, have spent $1-million to purchase the school building and then lease it back to the local school board.
For the Chapman’s, this is about making a commitment to the community.
The ice cream company was already deep into Phase I of its expansion plans that will see the company grow its employment opportunities to 1,000 in total over the next five years.
Ashley says that that along with the employment opportunities, there are also a few proposals on the table to add new housing subdivisions.
With new jobs, a growth in population via housing, and then for the only elementary school, it just didn’t make sense.
There are some 600 schools across Ontario in threat of being shuttered, with the rural areas being particularly hard hit.
For more information on Chapman’s, visit www.chapmans.ca.