The library at Garrison Elementary School, located at 1200 S Street NW in Logan Circle, has won a complete makeover from Target and the Heart of America Foundation. In addition to a renovation of the physical space, the library will receive more than 2,000 new books and upgrades in technology.
Garrison was one of just 41 school libraries nationwide to benefit from the prize. Schools selected for the extensive rehabilitation were evaluated and chosen based on need, site visits and dedication exhibited by school staff to carry out the mission of the program. The transformation will take place over the summer so the new space will be ready for students at the start of the school year in fall 2011.
The staff and PTA of Garrison are hoping this adds to the momentum of some recent successes. For the 2011-2012 school year lottery results, in which out-of-boundary students enter a lottery to get into a school of their choice outside of their neighborhood, Garrison saw increased applications at all grade levels and double the total number of applications from the previous year. Recent PTA meetings are drawing triple the usual number of interested parents — almost always the hallmark of a successful school.
Neighbors and friends of Garrison who want to help their local school can volunteer for the Hands on DC Work-a-Thon scheduled for Saturday, April 30 from 9 am to 3 pm. About 25 volunteers are needed that day to help with projects to improve Garrison. Those wishing to volunteer or make a financial donation may register or contribute here. Be sure to select the “Garrison Wildcats” team when registering or donating, and sign up before the April 17 deadline.