Improving the lives and learning environment for students, Christopher Columbus Educational Campus has recently completed renovations thanks to funds secured by Councilman Jimmy Vacca.
On Tuesday, March 24, the councilman paid a visit to his alma mater, to celebrate the grand reopening and ribbon cutting of the new campus library.
“This library is very inviting. When you come here it’s an opportunity for students to sit and enjoy reading, and with technology what it is we sometimes think the library is not for us, but it is always for you,” said Vacca. “Today’s world is so much more challenging, so to rise to the top you have to have the extra edge and schools like Columbus are here to give you those opportunities.”
The new library replaces the outdated library originally built with the school and features a sectioned off computer area, a ‘chill zone’ containing comfortable chairs and couches, a lowered ceiling to absorb noise, better lighting, divided work areas, and refurbished bookshelves and furniture.
Along with the library, the $ 1.7 million allocated by Vacca contributed towards renovations in the auditorium and cafeteria.
“We all work together for one common goal, our students,” said Christopher Columbus High School principal, Lisa Fuentes. “Our vision has come true. We have an exceptional staff, and our librarians are wonderful. This was truly a collaborative effort and our students will benefit.”
These new areas are open and available for students from all five schools located on the campus, Christopher Columbus High School, Astor Collegiate High School, Collegiate Institute for Math and Science, Global Enterprise Academy, and Pelham Preparatory Academy. The library will host school activities, such as the book and open mic clubs, for all students.
“I think this library is very beautiful and makes you want to pick up a book and read. It’s also a great place to come and hang out with friends,” said Besiana Rugova, a senior at the Collegiate Institute of Math and Science. “It’s just such an amazing improvement, it’s more appealing and fit for the 21st Century.”