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Skyblue Mesa Unveils New $5 Million Room

Space doubles as learning area and cafeteria.

Posted: February 22, 2008 4:20 p.m.
Updated: April 24, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
With students up on the stage performing and parents in the audience holding cameras and camcorders, Skyblue Mesa Elementary School inaugurated its new $5 million multipurpose room on Wednesday.

"This is a very exciting day," Principal Debbie Bohn told the crowd. "It feels like Christmas, summer vacation and spring break all rolled into one."

The building features a stage, hanging microphones, stage lights and a sound box in the back equipped with a sound mixer, DVD player, CD player, computer hook-up and light controls. A state-of-the-art kitchen and food services area is attached and the MPR doubles as a cafeteria with tables and benches that fold up into the walls when not in use.

"My kids love the new lunch line - they said it's like a buffet," said Sandy Howard, mother of a Skyblue Mesa first grader, Cole, and a fourth grader, Cory. "They're very excited. They want to eat lunch in here every day."
The Canyon Country students previously ate their lunches outside unless it was raining, in which case the kids were all crammed into the old MPR, Howard said. The school's old MPR had no stage and had room for only about one third of the school's student population.

"We had no stage, just risers, and we could only do performances of one class at a time," Bohn said. "Now we'll be able to have performances that feature all of our grades."

The new facility also has a multimedia screen that will be used to showcase student work. Bohn demonstrated the screen by showing video clips from a sixth grade class that studied Mesopotamia and another clip about the making of the school's morning newscast.

"You cannot believe how motivating it is to students to know that their finished products will be on the big screen," Bohn said.

Funding for the new MPR came from developer funds provided by KB Home as part of its development at Plum Canyon. Bohn said she looks forward to many more performances on the new stage.

"It is my vision that, just as our students are producing the morning broadcast, that they will one day be producing dramatizations and musicals right here on stage," she said. "When you give children ownership, you not only instill pride, but you nourish their self-esteem and self-worth and their creativity and leadership will soar."

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