Students at Aldershot Elementary School are learning in a larger and more modern school after renovations to the 51-year-old building. Today, March 4, Education Minister Ramona Jennex joined students, school staff, school board members and other special guests in the school’s new gym to celebrate the building’s renovations. “These renovations are an example of how we are putting kids and learning first,” said Ms. Jennex. “The students of Aldershot Elementary now have more space and access to modern technology that will help them develop and learn skills that will prepare them for a prosperous future.” Additions and improvements to the school include a new gym with change rooms, library, music room and a ventilation system throughout the building. State-of-the-art technology was also added, including interactive whiteboards and computers in all classrooms, a new PA system and new safety and security features. “The renovations have given us new space and technology that enhances the learning experience for our students,” said Karen Dyke, principal of Aldershot Elementary School. “We now have more room for physical education and other learning activities, and the new technology allows us to create and explore differently in the classroom.” The work began in 2009, adding a 5,000 square foot gym. During renovations in the 2011-2012 school year, 285 Grades Primary to 5 students were relocated to nearby Kings County Academy. Students returned to their new space in September. “Our school now has computers in each classroom, new floors, fresh paint, a cafeteria and a great, larger, new gym,” said Grade 5 student Keegan Hatchard. “With these new improvements, our school looks and feels like a new building inside and out.” “The Annapolis Valley School Board is delighted with this phenomenal new learning space,” said Lavinia Parrish-Zwicker, board chair. “This school is now a state-of-the-art facility that supports student success.” The $4.7-million project allows students and the community to continue to enjoy the school for many years to come.