Years ago, the Lakewood Elementary staff and parents came together to raise academic standards. Through their efforts, the school has become academically exemplary. Lakewood Elementary represents what can happen at an urban public school when a community comes together.
LEEF was formed in October of 2012 by a group of parents dedicated to finding a solution to the inadequate physical facilities at Lakewood Elementary. Now the same power of community that raised the academic standards at Lakewood can help raise the school's facilities to a level of excellence that will support academic achievement well into the future.
Inadequacies of the current facilities include:
-Lack of natural light
-Poor indoor air quality and ventilation
-Insufficient acoustical separation between classrooms
-Substandard restroom facilities
-Limited state-of-the-art technology
-Deficient science, music and art facilities
-Small cafeteria allowing only one grade level to eat at a time
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"School building design features and components have been proven to have a measurable influence upon student learning. Among the influential features and components are those impacting temperature, lighting, acoustics and age. Researchers have found a negative impact upon student performance in buildings where deficiencies in any of these features exist. In addition, overcrowded school buildings and classrooms have been found to be a negative influence upon student performance..."
School Facility Conditions and Student Academic Achievement
Glen I. Earthman,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute