Students embrace Riverside's 'kid friendly' Learning Commons

Learning Commons

These before (top) and after photos illustrate the lively changes volunteer teachers performed to create Riverside Elementary School’s Learning Commons out of its former library.

RIVERSIDE ES / Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Returning Riverside Elementary School students express amazement when they enter the former Media Center.

“It was so boring before. It’s much cooler,” Tony Boyer said. “I’m going to like coming in here.”

“When I came in, it was like, ‘This is really cool!’” Austin Zaal said.

“My eyes just fell out of my head,” Jamyah Shinholster said. “Really, this is hopping now.”

Laura King, the fourth-graders’ teacher, spearheaded the library's transformation into the vibrant Learning Commons — a timely project, Principal Tammy Matz said.

“Libraries need to catch up and be more collaborative,” Matz said. “The old library was beautiful, but it was more geared to older kids.”

“We wanted it to look more kid-friendly,” media specialist Patty Davis said. “We wanted it to be a place where the kids would want to come.”

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