A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday, June 3 for the renovation and expansion of the Cohasset Elementary School. City staff, teachers, school board members, students and many others came together to mark the beginning of construction at the school.
Construction will begin Thursday, June 6 at the school and will continue through the summer of 2020. Students in grades K-5 are expected to be in the school by the Fall of 2021 at the latest. The project will include a renovation of the existing school, an addition to the school, as well as the addition of a community center connected to the school. Joni Olson, ISD 318 Superintendent shared the school district’s excitement for the project.
“We know that there will be multiple opportunities for collaboration between our youngest learners and children who are receiving child care, our elementary age students and our seniors who are coming to the senior center and are looking for that great interaction with our youngest learners,” Olson said.
According to a study done by Generations United and Ohio State University on intergenerational learning and care centers, “more than two-thirds of the respondents said their program’s purpose is to promote positive intergenerational relationships, improve attitudes toward elders and youth and support the health and development of participants. … Older participants experience better physical and mental health, less isolation and loneliness and participate in more activities. Children and youth experience enhanced learning, social development and perceptions of older adults.”
The connection between the Cohasset Elementary School and new community center will seek to create connections such as these between young learners and seniors in the area.
“We have been educating students in the building since the 1920’s and we are so excited for the opportunity to revitalize the facility and to continue educating and supporting the students in our community,” commented Cohasset Principal Jill Wheelock.
Mayor of Cohasset Greg Hagy said, “The city of Cohasset is looking forward to the addition of a quality daycare that will serve approximately 84 children. As well as a senior center which will provide a place for area seniors to gather to socialize.”
For more information about the history of the project and future updates, visit https://www.isd318.org/ and click on “Facility Plan.”