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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Beaverton High School revealed renovations that were recently completed.

The first noticeable difference is the high school’s entrance way which has been redone, as well as the library which has been updated.

“We have computers available for students, a lot of time students are coming in, in the morning and they’ve got a project to print off. We created a business center that’s accessible to teachers and students,” Beaverton High School principle Anne Erwin tells KOIN.

Erwin says that the old library was gutted over the summer holiday and transformed into a new open concept. The furniture is movable and access to technology is easier.

“New carpet, new paint, all new furniture,” Erwin says. The idea of collaborative learning was at the heart of the renovations, she explains.

“Students are experiencing in their classrooms the engaging work that demands collaboration. Students working together in their classrooms and outside of them. We needed a library space that would support that,” Erwin says.

Collaborative learning is the focus at other spots around the school, including the new college and career center and a community center.

Students say the upgrades give them tools to learn with.

“I love it! I absolutely love it! It’s very open and bright. Like there were bookcases around before that blocked it and now with all that gone, it’s so much bigger and I just love it,” Blake Garrett, a sophomore at the school, says.

All of the upgrades were funded by community member donations and the BHS Success Fund. 

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