Rowland Unified School District

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Hurley Elementary to Open New Library April 3



LA PUENTE, CA – MARCH 31, 2009 – The community surrounding Hurley Elementary School is anxiously awaiting for the doors to open of their beautiful new “Wonder of Reading” library. The grand opening is set for Friday, April 3, at 10 a.m.  The Wonder of Reading is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring in children the love of reading, and the library partnership was made possible with donations from many community sponsors and funds from the Measure R Bond. 

            The newly renovated library will feature $10,000 of new books, a mini-amphitheater for storytelling, new furniture, four computer research stations, and cozy reading areas.  The Wonder of Reading will also provide training for volunteers in a new one-on-one Volunteer Reading Program.

            “The library at Hurley is at the heart of educational programs,” said Hurley Principal Van Windham.  “Students now can go to the library throughout the day and enjoy the library that is twice the size of our old library.”

            The Grand Opening ceremony will feature student performances by The Hurley Sound Machine, drummers, xylophones and chorus, and the Hurley Mariachi group.  Every student will take part in performing.  La Puente Mayor Louie Lujan will also take part in the festivities.

Hurley Elementary is actively looking for reading volunteers with students. The training date will be April 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Hurley students and staff are also continuing to raise funds for additional library items.   If you are interested in becoming a Wonder of Reading volunteer, or would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the ongoing fundraising efforts for Hurley Elementary’s new library, please contact Principal Van Windham at (626) 965-2429. The school is located at 535 S. Dora Guzman Avenue in La Puente.

            The Wonder of Reading focuses on three primary objectives: renovating school libraries, restocking the libraries with new books, and implementing literacy initiatives and support programs at partner schools.  The library at Hurley Elementary School will be the 202nd Wonder of Reading library to open. For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation to The Wonder of Reading, please visit

            The Rowland Unified School District is proud to serve 17,500 students at 23 elementary and secondary schools in the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry, and West Covina. Thanks to community support, the Measure R Bond will provide $118 million to continue to modernize and improve classrooms and schools.  For more information about Rowland Unified, call (626) 965-2541 or visit
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