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SCHOOL BUILDING WEEK: Drawing Attention to the Importance of Well-Planned Schools

Mark your calendars for April 7-11. School Building Week 2003, an event organized by the Council of Educational Planners International, will draw national attention to the importance of well-planned, high-performing, healthy schools that foster student achievement and well-being.

This year’s events are being held in Washington, D.C. and will include nine schools. The week will afford an opportunity to educate the public, policy makers and legislators on the importance of well-designed and well-maintained school facilities. Similar events are planned in Los Angeles and Cincinnati.

The program includes a six-to-eight-week mentorship between architectural college students and public school students, in which mentor teams work with students to introduce them to the elements of design and planning, and help the students construct their “ideal learning spaces.” At the end of March, an architectural jury judged the collaborative design competition. The final projects will be displayed April 11, 2003 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., where an awards ceremony will take place.

The program is only in its third year, but organizers hope to eventually expand the number of sites so that School Building Week can become a national program for students and communities. The Alliance has joined over 40 other organizations and agencies as a sponsor of School Building Week.

For more information on the event, visit the Web site at:

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