Rowland Unified School District

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ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA – MAY 11, 2011 – In a grass roots effort, the community surrounding Blandford Elementary has raised more than $25,000 in funds and books to open a new library, and has helped modernize the entire school thanks to their support of the Measure R Bond.  The school-wide Grand Opening Celebration will take place Thursday, May 12 at 9 a.m. with student performances, essay readings, and a song from the school’s upcoming musical, “Mulan.” The grand finale will salute those who have served our country and upcoming Memorial Day with children waving  more than 700 flags. After the ceremony, the community is invited to tour the school’s three modernized  labs and classrooms.

           The library’s theme is “Reading Takes You Places,” and features small reading areas, an amphitheater, 10 new student computers and a collection of 12,500 new books, including collections in Mandarin and Spanish. The school is still actively fundraising to reach their goal of 19,000 new books. Modernized classrooms feature new Learning Wall Systems with white boards, multimedia technology/projection screens and tackable wall surfaces. The school has opened a new computer lab with 35 student stations and a Physical Education Lab where students will be taught Yoga during P.E. The third new lab holds science curriculum materials for hands-on discovery and art supplies for the school’s “Meet the Masters” art program, featuring the study of influential historical artists.

            “Blandford School is a place where young people learn to be good students and excellent people. Teachers, parents, staff, and students are all committed to making the future better. Our new school facility reflects the pride of the Blandford community and the high standard of excellence we strive to obtain,” said Principal Mercedes Lovie. “Our modern school building and technologically linked library will allow us to reach beyond the walls of our school to the world.”

            For more information on how to make a tax-deductible monetary or book donation to the ongoing fundraising efforts for Blandford Elementary's new library, please contact the Blandford PTA at (626) 965-3410. Blandford Elementary is a California Distinguished School, a 2007 National Blue Ribbon School and is one of the highest performing schools in the Rowland Unified School District. It is located at 2601 S. Blandford Drive in Rowland Heights. For further information visit

            The Rowland Unified School District is proud to serve 16,500 students at 21 elementary and secondary schools in the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry, and West Covina. More than 5,000 adults (16+) are also served by the Rowland Adult and Community Education School. For more information about Rowland Unified, call (626) 965-2541 or visit 


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