The Amidon-Bowen Tiger overlooks the $5 Million modernization project of Southwest’s Public Pre-K-5th grade school. Photo by Meg Brinckman.

Amidon-Bowen Elementary School’s renovation is on schedule for opening day, Aug. 27. Working against the deadline of teachers returning to their classrooms by Aug. 20 and school opening on Aug. 27, real progress is being made in the major interior renovation of Amidon-Bowen.

Amidon-Bowen I Street entrance now “friendly” to all. Photo by Meg Brinckman.

The ramp that will allow easy access to persons with limited mobility, as well as the rest of us, is nearing completion and many interior walls have been demolished and are in the process of being reconfigured into new, larger classrooms and offices. A major renovation of the playground is planned in the near future.

Assistant Principal Dwayne Ham reports that new and exciting programs in languages are in the final planning stages. Two reading coaches are being hired to support the efforts to bring all children to their full potential. The excitement is building for a banner year.

Registrations are still being accepted. Call 202-724-4867 – the old office number – as soon as possible. Popular programs are filling up fast. You will reach familiar staff members who are housed at Jefferson Middle School for the summer. Plans are being made for a Sept. 8 celebration to introduce the new interior and entry area to the community.

–By Meg Brinckman

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