The Healdsburg Education Foundation (HEF) is raising funds to bring the Healdsburg Elementary School (HES) library into the 21st Century. Following previous renovations of the Healdsburg High School and Jr. High School libraries, HEF is capitalizing on its strong partnership with the Healdsburg Unified School District (HUSD) and our generous community to bring much-needed modernization to the Healdsburg Elementary Library. HEF will supply $85,000 to transform the space into a dynamic, multi-functional “Learning Commons.” The library will undergo substantial physical renovations, including new carpet, paint and lighting and a full technology upgrade. Furnishings will include a whiteboard wall and movable, comfortable furniture that is flexible and easy to re-configure to create a collaborative and participatory learning environment for Healdsburg’s youngest students.
As HES Principal Stephanie Feith explains; “The HES/HCS Learning Commons will be an innovative space for students and teachers to “think out loud”, investigate ideas and successfully collaborate. The physical space will be able to adjust to the group size; to the learner; and to the learning objective. We are extremely excited to redesign this area for our school and appreciate the community support.”The 21st Century Library/Learning Lab at HES will be an integral part of the K-12 Library/Technology program and the expansion of technology throughout the District. The work is expected to be completed this summer.
The Healdsburg Education Foundation (HEF) fundraising efforts received substantial help from both the Healdsburg Rotary Club and the Healdsburg Sunrise Rotary Club, who joined forces to fund 100% of the technology upgrades for the renovation. Other donations have come in from generous community members committed to sustaining the role of Healdsburg’s school libraries as innovative learning centers for Healdsburg’s students.
HEF is seeking additional donations to complete funding for furniture expenditures. If you would like to make a donation to the Healdsburg Education Foundation (HEF) to help create the Healdsburg Elementary “Learning Commons,” just click on the red Donate Now button on this page or contact HEF Executive Bette Perez at 433-1223.