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The Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD) is celebrating the grand opening of two new elementary schools just before the start of the 2018-19 school year. Token Springs Elementary and Meadow View Elementary Schools will officially be open for “learning” on Aug. 28 and 29.

Both Token Springs Elementary and Meadow View Elementary were built to resolve the pressing space issue occurring in our elementary schools. The SPASD has grown by more than 2,400 students during the past 10 years, resulting in six of the district’s seven elementary schools being over capacity prior to this year.

Now, with the addition of two new elementary schools, K-5 students across the district will have room to learn and grow starting this fall.

To accomplish these projects, the Sun Prairie School District partnered with Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) and J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

Both schools are identical other than Token Springs also serves as the home for the district’s Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC).

A few of the unique features integral to our new schools include:

• Classroom areas that open to large, multipurpose collaborative spaces, green rooms, makerspace areas, extensive natural light, flexible furniture and even a geothermal room to help students learn about sustainability.

• Both buildings were designed to facilitate collaboration amongst students and staff, and to enhance each child’s learning experience.

The design for both schools centers around a global community that supports and celebrates diversity. Major design elements used consistently throughout each school include the idea of unique ecosystems, circles, and color schemes voted on by more than 300 students last year. Students were also involved in the furniture selection process. A special “naming committee” made up of community members, students and staff were involved in selecting the names of both new schools earlier this year.

The community is invited to attend these special grand opening/open house events:

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 -- Token Springs Elementary School, 1435 N. Thompson Rd., Sun Prairie will host its Ribbon Cutting from 6 to 6:15 p.m., followed from 6:15-8 p.m. by an Open House and Self-Guided Tour

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 -- Meadow View Elementary School, located at 200 N. Grand Ave., Sun Prairie will host its Ribbon Cutting from 6-6:15 p.m., followed from 6:15-8 p.m. by an Open House and Self-Guided Tour.

Find out more information at sunprairieschools.org.

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