Cherrelyn Elementary School students, family members and community members received a tour of the new elementary school building on Aug. 9. The K-6 school comprises more than 40,000 square feet and …
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Cherrelyn Elementary School students, family members and community members received a tour of the new elementary school building on Aug. 9.
The K-6 school comprises more than 40,000 square feet and comes with 12 classrooms and STEM, maker, gym, art, music and special-education suites. Thanks to bond money passed by Englewood voters in 2016, Englewood Schools was able to replace the old Cherrelyn Elementary building, which had been part of Englewood since 1948.
“(The new building) sends a big message that the community really values the work that their students are doing and other community members are doing in this building. It's really exciting for the kids to engage in learning in a building that can also inspire them,” said Eric Bachmann, a fifth-grade teacher at Cherrelyn.
About 230 students attend Cherrelyn. The new building incorporates pieces from the old building, like bricks and locker doors.
“Generations of students and families have called Cherrelyn home, and with the community's generous support, we have created a building that reflects that rich tradition,” said Cherrelyn Elementary Principal Rebecca Orsund.
A front porch area and other elements were added to the new building with the hope of creating a home and community atmosphere. All Englewood Schools started the new school year on Aug. 13.
“I'm very excited. The school is now more ergonomically designed for learning,” said Chelsea Wittenbaugh, whose daughter is going into kindergarten at the school. “It's got the tones that are helpful for their energy levels and the space is designed so they're not sitting 24-7, and they can actively participate in their learning.”
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