Ribbon-Cutting Held for Renovated Solarium and 21st Century Library

Donors, students, families, staff, and supporters gather to cut the ribbon on Ivy Street School's Solarium and Library

On December 2nd, the Ivy Street School hosted a ribbon-cutting event to unveil its newly renovated Solarium and 21st century library, officially launching their Literacy Initiative. The result of a successful $300,000 fundraising campaign, this new space will enhance the learning experience for the school’s students, offering both traditional resources and adaptive technology.

Beyond aesthetics, the Solarium and refurbished library are central to the school’s Literacy Initiative and will enhance their curriculum moving forward.

“Given the vastly different learning needs of our students and our commitment to individualized programming,” says Barbara Salisbury, CEO of the school’s umbrella organization MAB Community Services, “compiling a meaningful and relevant schoolwide resource library is a challenge, but one we are able to meet thanks to the support of our generous donors. This 21st century library enables Ivy Street School to blend traditional resources with current technologies to accommodate our students’ unique needs through individualized, multi-pronged, and multi-sensory instruction and support.”

While the Solarium and library offer quiet learning spaces and traditional resources, the school stresses that books are just the beginning of the Literacy Initiative, which also includes access to adaptive tools, the latest technology, and highly-trained staff. As part of this initiative, the school recently hired a Certified Reading Specialist, Linda Yee, to work one-on-one with each student to provide literacy intervention tailored to his or her specific needs, integrating assistive technology to help support students who struggle with reading and written expression.

“With current technology, creative tools, and caring staff,” says Salisbury, “the Solarium Renovation and Literacy Initiative will dramatically enhance our learning environment, helping us give each of our students the skills they need to transition to full and satisfying adult lives.”

This event was featured in the Brookline Tab! Read the article online here: Brookline's Ivy Street School hosts ribbon-cutting for renovated solarium and library


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