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Grant Elementary Breaks Ground

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/Fox 28) -- Grant Elementary School students will help the Cedar Rapids Community School District dig into a new construction project at their school. The existing courtyard area is being converted into an Instructional Media Center (IMC) and computer lab.

The existing IMC will be converted back into a classroom.  A ground breaking event will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22. A brief program will include student entertainment, comments by Superintendent Dr. Dave Benson, and the first 'turning of the dirt' on the project. 

Fourth grade students at Grant collectively agree that the project will improve their learning environment.  "I think it is going to be kind of cool because it will have a skylight," said one student. "It is going to be bigger and more area to walk around to look at books.  We will have lessons in the computer lab more often."

"I think is going to be really cool because it will be bigger and it will improve our school because kids will be excited to go to the library," added another student. "We will have more space."

"It will be better because instead of going to get the laptops and carrying them to our room, we will just be able to go to the computer lab instead," explained another student.

It is expected to be completed in September. Grant Elementary School is home to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. It is located at 254 Outlook Drive SW. The construction project is being funded through the School Infrastructure Local Option tax (SILO) at a projected cost of $700,000.
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