NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – It wasn’t just the first day of school for students and staff at Whitinsville Christian School on Tuesday – it was the celebration of a dream come true.
For the first time in the history of the school, which opened in 1928, elementary school students have their own library. It is the first phase in a $4.9 million expansion plan that continues with school in session.
A second floor addition, a middle/high school library, media center, additional classrooms and technology room, is slated for completion around Thanksgiving, Director of Advancement Steven Heinz said.
Children wearing yellow “hard hats” gathered in the hallway outside the new library at 10 a.m., access blocked by a bright blue ribbon.
Librarian Sue Cooper led the children in prayer, then introduced the people who helped make the library possible. That included Faith Lane, who headed the planning group; Wayne Salo of Dixon Salo Architects; Bill Barry of Consigli Construction and George Murray, building inspector.
Lane was the “dream and idea lady,’’ Cooper said. Salo took those ideas and drew up the plans. Barry is supervising construction, and Murray is “the finisher making sure everything is just right.’’
Cooper handed the scissors to second-grader Peter Cloutier and asked him to cut the ribbon.
A formal group photo of the children was taken. It will be framed and put up in the library to remember the first class to use the space, Cooper said.