What’s New Around School?
When students arrived for the first day of school, they were greeted by big smiles and warm hugs from friends and faculty. They were excited to start the new year in classrooms that had been refreshed, repainted and imaginatively decorated over the summer.
Also welcoming students and faculty was a fleet of new air conditioners across the main campus. All units affected by the flood were replaced except for those in the theatre, which will arrive later this year. For the project, Runnels received funds from a federal disaster assistance grant administered by FEMA with the Governor’s Office.
Proving a popular addition to the decor in Koenig Hall is the new water bottle filler donated by last year's 6th-grade class.
Hallways lined with shiny new lockers welcomed our 4th-8th graders to the new school year. Upper elementary students found new desks awaiting them in their classrooms and folding chairs in lower elementary rooms have now been replaced with brightly colored molded stackable chairs.
Slated to arrive in September are new desks for our junior and senior high students. On the technology front, six new Smartboards were acquired for classrooms on the main campus, and a new Smartboard also was donated to the Pre-K math classroom by the family of preschool teacher Robin Foley. (See "We Sincerely Thank....")
Flooring was replaced in several spaces on the main campus and in the 2s building at the preschool, and lovely new shelving has been built across the main campus to replace units lost in the flood. Special shelving to hold Chromebooks was also constructed in some elementary classrooms. A charming and sturdy new picnic table now surrounds the big oak tree on the elementary playground.
At the preschool, a new garden area especially for the 2s has been set up in the alcove between the activity building and the 2s building. In addition, the Pre-K fort was rebuilt, significant tree maintenance accomplished, and a drainage issue addressed.
We also have a new café window located under the pavilion. Look for the blue and white awning. The cafe will be open from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. daily and will accept cash only. Junior and senior high students can pick up school supplies such as pencils, paper, erasers, pens, poster board, binders, post-it notes and index cards and food items, including muffins, pop tarts, cheese stick, nuts, juice boxes, and even Frappuccinos. Monthly specials will also be available.
The Junior and Senior High soon will hold a contest to name the store, with a $15 prize to the winner.