The renovation will be complete by the time tutoring begins on October 3 (among other tweaks, we're going to stick a gigantic, interactive "reading tree" to the wall), but we couldn't wait to share some pictures of the new space—and didn't want to wait to thank some of the wonderful donors who made the project possible.
By beautifying the space, we are showing the kids at Queen Alexandra Elementary School that they deserve something special, that their creative ideas are valuable—and so are they.
Our drape maker, Eric Chaing from Easy Drapery, not only gave us a huge discount on his services, but he also brightened our days with his smile. And the materials from J. Ennis Fabrics and Joanne Fabrics were all provided at discounted rates, too. We could not have done this renovation without the help of the Vancouver School Board, especially Tom Kavadias and Ian Wind, who coordinated the furniture, Catherine Feniak and Jamine Hickman, who first believed in the project, and Cheryll Matthews, Queen Alexandra's new vice-principal, who has carried on Catherine's excitement for the project.
We'd also like to thank the Queen Alexandra building engineers, Brian and Yat, for their support, patience and gentle teasing, and, of course, the Writers' Room volunteers who donated their last days of summer to sanding, painting, re-organizing and making a crazy amount of book flowers.
We'll leave you with one last image, but stay tuned for pictures of the completed room—coming soon! And don't forget to sign up to volunteer so you can see the room in person while helping kids read and write.