Several parents have been working with school administration to work on plans to create a living library space for our students. The primary goals are to renovate the library space and create an outdoor classroom in the existing courtyard. The Living Library and Real School Gardens program are two beautification projects that will transform underused outdoor space into learning zones that provide students hands-on involvement while learning about science, ecological principles, STEM and literacy. The current project cohort team includes Principal Hintz, Vice Principal Quinones, Mrs. Fabito, Ms. Blackson, Delores Millhouse, Michelle Rose, Camille Jones and our community vendors.
PEW Administration has submitted an application to Real School Gardens for their Design and Build program. This program is for schools without gardens and finds funding partners and volunteers to help build outdoor classrooms. The Mid-Atlantic representative is diligently working to find a donor and stated that finding a donor can take some time. The Real School Gardens buildout will take place in the open space in the back of the school. Other PGCPS schools that have benefited from the program are Laurel Elementary and Beacon Heights Elementary.
We have worked closely with PEW administration to secure discounted or pro bono services to complete the first 2 phases of the Living Library project. The goal is to have a reveal ceremony on April 26, 2018 to include the PEW family, County and PGCPS administration.
Phase I (completion deadline of April 22, 2018) includes:
Phase II includes:
The renovation of the library space. The projected completion date is pending material delivery dates, though the library space will not be completed by Earth Day.