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The Den is the name for the public charter school’s new 28,000-square-foot building that houses a gymnasium, classrooms for music and Spanish classes, storage and community meeting space. It took a year to construct the building on the southwest portion of the property on Royale Elk Way where the school’s playground had been. The playground is now next to the athletic field.
Principal Ann Hudson is thrilled the building is complete and will be available for students in kindergarten through eighth grade to have nice athletic facilities. She explained that students helped name it The Den since the school is the home of the Grizzlies.
“This is a great facility for both our students and the community,” she said, noting that the school already is working with the Evergreen Park & Recreation District to schedule middle-school sports in the gymnasium.
She hopes that groups will use the community room for meetings and other events, noting that that sort of space is at a premium in Evergreen.
“Our students deserve this addition to our program,” Hudson told a group of parents and staff at a ribbon cutting on July 29. She credited current and past board members, donors, volunteers, the construction team and the school’s founding families for their vision to make the dream for the building come to fruition.
As part of construction, the school now has a looping road through the property so more cars will queue up on the road rather than on Royale Elk Way during school start and end times. RMAE does not have school bus service.
Mestek Inc. donated the heating and air conditioning system for the building with the help of RMAE board treasurer Kirsten Fisher, who is Mestek’s director of sales. Fisher said the company was happy to help the school.
“This building means everything, not just for the kids to have space year-round for athletics but for the community,” Fisher said. “We hope this will get more families involved.”
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