The students of Stewart Home School will have more to celebrate during this year's Family Weekend. Not only does it mark the 110th anniversary of the school, it is also a time to dedicate the new Academic Building on campus.
"It's a dream come true for us to have a new building just for academic purposes," said David Sellwood, superintendent. "When you walk in you can feel it really is a center for learning."
The ceremonial ribbon will be cut Friday to usher in the use of the building even though students have been taking classes there for three weeks. It is about 19,000 square feet and contains nine academic classrooms, including a technology center that houses 20 new computers.
Sue Settle, a student, says the computer lab is her favorite part of the new building because she can e-mail her family and friends. Every student has a personal e-mail address and limited Internet access for research purposes.
"For a lot of them it's a matter of vocational training," said computer teacher Peggy Gould. Not only do students learn to use word processing programs and spreadsheets, but also improve their hand-eye coordination by playing familiar games like Wheel of Fortune. "A lot of times, they don't realize they're learning," said Gould.
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