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Learning commons takes shape

An extensive library transformation at Glynn A. Green Elementary School is nearly two-thirds of the way to its $68,000 goal, thanks to efforts of the school and local community, including a donation today of $5,000 from the Pelham Mayor’s Gala committee.

Since it was first discussed at the School Advisory Committee (SAC) nearly a year ago, the Library Enhancement Project to renovate and upgrade the existing library space has received overwhelming support, with funds raised at more than $40,000 of the $67,844 total.

A few weeks into the new school year, Glynn A. Green has able to update the Learning Commons’ infrastructure over the summer, including new furniture and new shelving units, well ahead of its deadline of December 2014.  The project committee still needs to raise an additional $27,000 to upgrade the learning commons with new technology, books, local artwork and lighting, but members are ecstatic that the students can start to enjoy the space now.

“The students are so excited to see the work in progress and are eagerly awaiting the new technology, furniture and books,” notes Ann Holmes, Glynn A. Green teacher who this year takes on the role of teacher-librarian.

“In the upcoming weeks our new space will provide the students with the most up-to-date technology, literature and resources to foster a positive learning environment. Upon completion, it will truly be a 21st-century, state-of-the-art learning commons to be accessed by the entire community.”

“I am thrilled to be the new principal at Glynn A. Green, a wonderful school which has a community that is passionate about education,” says Margo Mussari, principal. “This was a school-initiated project and the parents and community have been so supportive.”

The adjacent YMCA daycare facility will have access to the services of the new Library Learning Commons after school, while community groups will be able to book meetings and other events in the space as well. The students are looking forward to having clubs and social gatherings in the space that never existed before.

Members of the Library Enhancement Committee and school representatives met at the school Monday to receive the $5,000 cheque from the Pelham Mayor’s Gala committee, represented by Mayor Dave Augustyn.

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