Over the course of this summer, families have enjoyed watching the process of the Hockinson Heights Elementary School library refurbishment. The work began two days after school was let out—June 18, 2021—and included new paint, artistic murals in the skylight and on the main wall, newly refurbished leather couches, new rugs, and window treatments. Students and their parents, community members, HHES librarian Sandra Stroup, missionaries from the LDS church, and Superintendent Steve Marshall were all vital in their contributions to the project. Along with Sandra, Hockinson parents Julie Ruhl and Jamie Hebert and the rest of the PWT jointly lead the charge for deciding the new paint color, while the artists—Misty Hsu, Julie Richardson, and Evelyn Weed—utilized their creativity and skill to envision the murals. Additionally, Sam Greenwood and his painting company played a large role through the lending of equipment and work on the skylight with Misty for an entire day.
New paint and mural in the HHES library skylight
The refurbishment process was chosen to begin this summer due to the length of time since the library had last been refreshed. Librarian Sandra Stroup is pleased by the new design, saying, “The overall look before was tired and not very inviting. With the new brightly painted columns and the soft misty blue walls, it is much more of a hub that invites students to come to find great books and nestle into the soft leather couch to read.”
Families enjoying the new HHES library design
Other Hockinson schools may be following in HHES’s shoes, as the middle and high school libraries are in need of new window treatments and library reading chairs. The money raised from the Book Swap this year will be applied to these projects. Fortunately, since the middle school was constructed in 2017 and the high school in 2005, their overall interiors are not significantly in need of change. Sandra has envisioned a five- and ten-year library plan for all three Hockinson sites, taking into account both community and student input.
During the board meeting in August, there will be a reception and celebration held in the HHES Library to present the finished project. The general public is encouraged to attend in order to see the amazing work put in by students, parents, staff, and the community overall.