VHS library to be transformed

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VHS library to be transformed

Board members meet with librarian Zandra Lopez to go over library transformations.

Board members meet with librarian Zandra Lopez to go over library transformations.

Board members meet with librarian Zandra Lopez to go over library transformations.

Board members meet with librarian Zandra Lopez to go over library transformations.

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The Hill Country Education Foundation and Amplify Austin are trying to raise over $100,000 to renovate the library into a “learning commons.” A learning commons is a 21st century library where students can go to collaborate on ideas and use technology to enhance learning. The renovation will begin this summer and continue throughout the summer of 2017.

“I am looking forward to students using the space the way they want to use it,” HCEF executive director Michelle Beck said. “I want it to be a place where they can come and be collaborative and feel comfortable while doing the work that they want to do.”

Each part of the library is a ‘zone’.  Construction will begin with the first zone (the computer lab in the back) and move on to otherzones when finished. The learning commons will have better access to electrical outlets and technology use, along with movable furniture and white boards on wheels.

“I think that all education going forward has to do with a lot of collaboration,” secretary Lynette Haaland said. “What we’re trying to create are spaces that mirror a college campus, which will give the Vandegrift Vipers an edge.”


HCEF raised over $30,000 during the Giddy Up Gala on Feb. 27 at the Weston in the Domain and has worked with Amplify Austin to raise over a total of over $65,000 to contribute to the transformation. Amplify Austin alone has raised over $35,000 by having five local restaurants (Napa flats, Niks, Oasthouse, Salsa’s and Zaks) donate a portion of the profits on March 8.

“This is a great community goal to get behind because all students will benefit.” Haaland said.

Arin and Chris Reid were the largest donors for individuals and HCEF has several grants going out to cover any additional costs and help fund the project.

“I think the VHS library is a central part of the school,” senior Ariana Engles said. “I think that the renovations will be a great thing for students because many of us go there often.”

To donate to the Hill Country Education Foundation for this renovation go to http://hillcountryedfoundation.org/ and click on the Donate to the VHS Library Transformation Project tab.

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