Two and a half years ago, we started a conversation about the Pavilion and the desire to convert it into a more flexible space. We would refurbish it and install walls that would roll down on rainy or cold days. It would be a space that could be used for lunch and for class assemblies, student presentations, collaborative workspace, parent and teacher meetings, PE on rainy days, guest speakers; the list goes on.
The plan was (and still is) to take a mundane eating area and create a space that every community member could use.
And while all those things are still valid, one facet has recently driven how we think about space. How can this space inspire us?
The Pavilion’s primary purpose has always been to provide a place for students to eat. The additional practical needs of the school are things like more meeting space or PE on rainy days.
As we continue to include more genuine project-based learning, students need room to collaborate in an environment that fosters creativity. They need a setting where they can share what they have learned with an authentic audience. They need a space that helps them build the confidence and the courage to tackle complex problems. They need a space that inspires.
And so our vision has evolved.
Our Fund-A-Need for the Pavilion is to create a space where creativity, confidence, and collaboration are inspired – and yeah- you can eat there too.