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Community Open House Events at Congdon Park, Myers-Wilkins Elementaries

posted Sep 10, 2013, 11:48 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Sep 18, 2013, 1:17 PM ]

   Members of the community are welcome to visit the newly renovated Congdon Park and Myers-Wilkins Elementary Schools during their community open house events:

--Congdon Park: Thursday September 19, 3:00PM - 7:00PM, 3116 East Superior Street

Congdon Park Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting:  6:00PM

--Myers-Wilkins: Saturday September 21, 1:00PM - 4:00PM, 1027 North 8th Avenue East

Myers-Wilkins Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting:  1:00PM

   These are the last two school construction projects. Both schools provide modern media centers, classrooms, safety and security systems, and a rich learning experience for students Grades K-5.

   Congdon Park renovations include a new main entrance to provide improved site circulation, accessibility and safety.  The cafeteria was enlarged for better circulation and atmosphere during the lunch periods and to provide multifunctional space for after school programs.  Inefficient boilers and ventilation systems were replaced with modern, efficient systems. 

   The Myers-Wilkins school features a new gymnasium, cafetorium and media center addition providing 14 new classrooms.  Renovations reconfigured the existing classrooms to meet Minnesota Department of Education standards and provide additional space for special education and early childhood programs.  Over a four-year period, students from Nettleton Elementary created art installations for the new school, emphasizing themes of peace, kindness and respect.

   Myers-Wilkins is named after community leaders Ruth Myers and Marjorie Wilkins.  Ms. Myers served in many leadership roles, including the Board of Education of the Duluth Public Schools and the Minnesota State Board of Education.  She received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.  She was the recipient of several awards, including the Minnesota Indian Education Association Elder of the Year; Marvelous Minnesota Woman Award; UMD Chancellor’s Distinguished Civil Service Award; and University of Minnesota President Hasselmo’s Diversity Award.     

   Ms. Wilkins was the first African American woman graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing and later became the first African American anesthetist at St. Luke’s Hospital.  She served as Duluth NAACP President and on the board of the United Way, and assumed a leadership role in many other community organizations.  Working together and as individuals, their contributions did much to enhance the quality of educational programs and schools in Duluth.

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