September 20, 2002

Harriet Tubman Village School dedicates new library

On Thursday, Sept. 12, students and staff at Harriet Tubman Village Elementary School dedicated their new library. The new library building, which sits at the center of campus, is one of 104 libraries being built under Proposition MM, the $1.51 billion bond measure that funds modernization of 165 existing schools and construction of 16 new and rebuilt schools to support student achievement. Tubman’s library houses books, a computer lab and space for reading, teaching and instructional support.


Cutting the ribbon on the new Tubman library. From left to right: Greg Schwartz (project inspector), Jim Maletic (construction manager), Principal Catherine Pope, student representatives, Bob Kiesling (director, Facilities Management), and Mike Fraire (architect from Joseph Wong Design).

“This library and the books inside it will open our students’ minds to places they’ve never been,” said Principal Catherine Pope.

Tubman’s library dedication and grand opening ceremony focused on reading and literacy, with participation by students from every class. In front of 250 parents and community members, first grade students read “The Foot Book” by Dr. Seuss. Third, fourth and fifth graders performed the song, “I Like My School,” a finger-snapping rap written by last year’s fourth grade class. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders read their poems about September 11. Seventh graders sang “America the Beautiful,” and student representatives from kindergarten through 8th grade lined up to donate their classroom’s books to the new library. Former principal Dr. John Arrington, made comments as guest speaker.

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