Shook Touchstone just completed the construction of a new 119,682 SF elementary school in northwest Ohio. While we are extremely proud of our work on the new Napoleon PK-8 school, we always must remember that the true significance is not the facility we built; it is the future generations of students who will benefit from studying and growing in improved learning environments.
We thought “who better to evaluate the new school than the students themselves?” Meet Ryan and Nathan Lawinsky, 4th and 6th grade students, respectively.
They have spent almost three weeks in their new school and already are enjoying the improved features. They were excited to share with us their experience.
Shook: Tell me about some of the things you like about your new school building.
RL: The new gym; it’s so big!
NL: The new band room. There’s more space and there’s padding on the walls so it’s not as noisy.
Shook: What new features make it easier to learn?
RL: New classrooms are bigger; easier to move around.
NL: New touch boards; they’re not as complicated
Shook: What don’t you miss about the old school building?
RL: They didn’t have A/C!
NL: There was a weird smell in the old building. The new school smells fresh.
Shook: How did you feel on your first day of class in the new building?
RL and NL: Excited and nervous!
Mom Lawinsky: The District held an open house/tour before classes started, which helped the kids find their respective classes on the first day. It also helped that each grade has different “line” of paw prints on the floor; so if a student gets lost, they simply need to follow their colored path.
Shook: Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
RL and NL: The new school has lots of bright and cheery colors, which makes it more fun. There are more computers, so we don’t have to wait for one to become available.
As one of the largest PK-12 builders in the state, we are constantly looking for ways to learn, improve our craft and provide more value to our clients. According to Ryan and Nathan, the new Napoleon Elementary School was a job well-done!