|Name||Why Rebuild Alderwood Elementary School?|
|Description||a Communications: Public Facing Videos video|
Hi, I'm Henson Din. And I'm Esmeralda Rodriguez. We are both students at Alderwood. A facilities planning task force recently recommended improvements for some facilities. We are very glad that Alderwood Elementary School will be on the ballot in February 2008. We can show you some reasons why the task force recommended that Alderwood be rebuilt. Alderwood was originally built in 1956 and has seen a lot of wear and tear over the last 60 years. The original building does not meet today's energy efficiency or technology standards. Our school does not have any adequate office space to serve families and students. Due to the lack of space, our custodial closet also houses our art supplies, network technology, and phone systems. And we've also had to convert faculty rooms into storage. The students and families at Alderwood live in North Bellingham, where there are fewer parks and community resources. Our new school will have a playground, covered play area, and spaces for the community partners, such as the food bank. The large size of Alderwood's property means if this project is approved by voters, that we can continue to go to school while new school is being built. This is how Happy Valley Elementary School was built, thanks to the community support from our last bond. Our school district has a great track record on engaging students, staff, families, and neighbors in our planning and design of our schools. It is exciting to think about what our new school would mean for us and our community. We love our school.