Noakes Outdoor Center

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A nonprofit fundraiser supporting

French Broad River Academy Inc

Help us honor Maria's incredible legacy. Support the next generation of confident, strong women.


raised by 82 people

$400,000 goal

Our Girls School has moved to a new campus on Riverside Drive just a mile south of our Boys School campus. French Broad River Academy has purchased the land, completed environmental remediation on the property, brought in utilities, and established the school in two modular buildings. While we will eventually build a permanent school building, our next step is to complete our outdoor equipment building.

Over a year ago, we met with Nick Williams, Maria Noakes’s husband, and he gave us permission to name the outdoor building at the new Girls School, the Noakes Outdoor Center. Maria’s life was full of adventure, fun, and friends . . . all foundational elements of FBRA. Each year we will tell every new sixth grader about Maria’s zest for life and her support of family, friends, and strangers (who soon became friends). Her memory and legacy will continue to live through the years.

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French Broad River Academy Inc

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