The recent opening of a new public library in Mt. Washington was of great benefit to Old Mill Elementary School.
Teacher Sara Thornsberry contacted library officials about the old facility’s furniture since brand new décor was arriving.
She got more than she bargained for.
“We were able to secure furniture from the old building to add to our flexible seating arrangements,” she said.
The furniture included six rolling managers chairs, 18 cushioned wood chairs, six grey stackable chairs, four fabric arm chairs, one set of TV trays, two tables, two book shelves, two cushion wall benches, one park style bench and 10 carpet squares.
Thornsberry said the donation perfectly complements the new Franklin Academy (fourth and fifth grades).
“The Personalized Learning journey entails 1:1 Chromebook usages, coupling the best of online and in-class methods to meet the students’ needs and flexibility in the curriculum that will be a stark contrast to the traditional classroom,” she explained. “Students will be approaching the standards through discovery, choice, self-pacing, project-based learning, and more to increase interest and develop a sense of ownership in their learning.”
Thornsberry said the restructuring around the philosophies of Benjamin Franklin incorporated both physical and curricular elements.
“Part of this journey is to include flexible seating for the students,” she asked library officials, “The already durable furniture options that the old library has would make a great addition to our classrooms and makerspace areas to accommodate students learning in a new manner, beyond traditional chairs and desks!”
Principal Les McIntosh praised library officials for their generosity.
“This is a celebration of the community partnership we have with our Mt. Washington Public Library,” he said. “The legal value of the donation is zero dollars because of the age of the furniture and other items. Old Mill appreciates the donated items as they will serve an educational purpose for our students for years to come. If we had to buy these items new, the price would be in the hundreds of dollars.”