Hurley School Dedicates its First School Library on International School Library Day

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The Joseph J. Hurley Elementary School, with its notable Spanish-English dual immersion program, is one of three schools in the entire Boston Public School system (145 strong) which has never had a library. On October 23rd, that will no longer be the case.

In an era of budget cuts and fiscal constraints, the dedication of new school facilities is a rare pleasure and a reason to celebrate. It is also a signpost to the future for one aspiring educational institution. The Joseph J. Hurley Elementary School, with its notable Spanish-English dual immersion program, is one of three schools in the entire Boston Public School system (145 strong) which has never had a library. On October 23rd, that will no longer be the case.

The result of a parent-driven movement (Neighborhood Parents for the Hurley School) to help implement Principal Marjorie Soto’s vision of an improved Hurley School, the new Hurley School library aims to be the best dual language elementary school library in the country. A model of public and private collaboration at its best, the school and its active parents turned two underutilized classrooms into a spacious, sun-filled, modern school library.

More than just a library, the new space also demonstrates that the efforts of one small group of dedicated parents can, in the right environment, dramatically improve and enrich the lives of children for generations to come.

The Hurley School Library Opening Celebration will take place on International School Library Day, Monday, October 23rd, 2006 at 9:30am. An open house, with light refreshments, will follow between the hours of 10am and noon. Attendees will include Mayor Thomas Menino, City Councilor Mike Ross and Interim School Superintendent Mike Contompasis. Also invited are City Councilors Jimmy Kelly and Michael Flaherty, Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi, State Rep. Byron Rushing, and Senator Dianne Wilkerson.

The Hurley School is located at 70 Worcester Street in the South End.        

The NPHS would like to thank Ikea for their generous gift of library furniture and Verizon for the donation of computers . The Hurley School Library is also the grateful recipient of a $5000 grant from the Laura Bush Foundation and numerous donations from parents and neighbors.

The NPHS (Neighborhood Parents for the Hurley School) is a grass-roots independent organization of parents working to help make the Hurley School one of the best elementary schools in Boston, providing high-quality education to students of all backgrounds.

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Joshua Weiss
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