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L. Hollingworth School for the Talented and Gifted relocated

By Federico Martínez, Special to La Prensa

He’s only a 5th grader but Toledo’s Dominick Escareno, already has a reputation because of his budding artistic skills with sculpture, drawing and painting.
 

At many schools that creativity could earn a student the label of being “rebellious” or under-achieving in the classroom. That’s not the case at L. Hollingworth School for the Talented and Gifted which recently began the 2014-15 school year at their new facility at 653 Miami St. in East Toledo. Classes started on August 27.

“My son has always been very artistic and they even created a class here for him; I find that amazing” said Dominick’s mother Mariza Escareno. “At other schools they acknowledge your student because of the bad things they bring. But here it’s for the good things.”

Things are getting even better for the charter school which is beginning its sixth year.

More than 200 excited community leaders and supporters turned out for an August 25 openhouse to get an early peek of the new state-of-the-art L. Hollingworth School building.

 The charter school, which first opened its doors in 2009, has grown rapidly since its humble beginnings, school founder Terrence C. Franklin told the crowd gathered at the event. The school, which was previously located at 824 6th St., has earned accolades for providing students, especially students of color, with a challenging curriculum and a teaching style that helps students succeed.

“I remember there were a lot of folks out there who thought we’d never be able to accomplish this,” said Franklin. “But our board and staff have worked hard to create something unique and compelling.

“We wanted to create something with sustainability; something that parents also felt that they could be part of.”

About 55 percent of the students enrolled at the K-8 school were of Latino descent, according to the school’s 2012-13 annual budget report. Last year’s overall student enrollment was 203—109 of those students were Latino.

Enrollment numbers for the current school year are not yet available, but officials said enrollment was expected to increase this year due to the opening of the new and larger building.

Mrs. Escareno currently has two children attending the school; her daughter Silvia is 4th grader. Her son Dominick was among the first group of students who were enrolled in the school’s first Kindergarten class six years ago.

“I wanted something different for my children that was safe, had high expectations and had a community feel; and so far they have fulfilled every expectation for me,” Mrs. Escareno said.

One aspect that parents appear to enjoy about the school is that students are allowed to progress at their own rate. For example, if a student is learning at a quicker pace than their classmates they are given more advanced work, rather than having to wait for their classmates to catch up.

The new school building was once the site of a manufacturing plant that had closed many years ago, officials said. The old, abandoned building had fallen into disrepair. Part of that old building’s infrastructure was used to build the new school, said Andrew Keller, president of The Spieker Company, the company that oversaw the construction project.

Monday’s open house featured comments from several dignitaries, including State Senator Edna Brown, who praised the school’s motto, “To instill a culture of expectation and excellence.”

City of Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins told school officials that their efforts are helping to create “skilled and educated” workers who will be needed to fill key technological jobs that are vital to Toledo’s future success.

“These are the students who will have the education and the ability to step forward and fill those positions,” he said.te-of-the-art school building that will house the L. Hollingworth School for the Talented and Gifted. Classes at the new facility, located at 653 Miami St. in East Toledo, begins on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

The charter school, which first opened its doors in 2009, has grown rapidly since its humble beginnings, school founder Terrence C. Franklin told the crowd gathered at Monday’s open house. The school, which was previously located at 824 6th St., has earned accolades for providing students, especially students of color, with a challenging curriculum and a teaching style that helps students succeed.

“I remember there were a lot of folks out there who thought we’d never be able to accomplish this,” said Franklin. “But our board and staff have worked hard to create something unique and compelling.

“We wanted to create something with sustainability; something that parents also felt that they could be part of.”

About 55 percent of the students enrolled at the K-8 school were of Latino descent, according to the school’s 2012-13 annual budget report. Last year’s overall student enrollment was 203—109 of those students were Latino.

Those enrollment numbers are expected to grow with the opening of the new and larger school building, officials said.

The new school building was once the site of a manufacturing plant that had closed many years ago, officials said. The old, abandoned building had fallen into disrepair. Part of that old building’s infrastructure was used to build the new school, said Andrew Keller, president of The Spieker Company, the company that oversaw the construction project.

Monday’s open house featured comments from several dignitaries, including State Senator Edna Brown, who praised the school’s motto, “To instill a culture of expectation and excellence.”

City of Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins told school officials that their efforts are helping to create “skilled and educated” workers who will be needed to fill key technological jobs that are vital to Toledo’s future success.

“These are the students who will have the education and the ability to step forward and fill those positions,” he said
 

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