St. Martin’s opens new Early Childhood Learning Center: After an 18-month building process, St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Brookhaven recently opened its new Early Childhood Learning Center for a ‘second first day’ of school for students age 2 through Kindergarten. The new 21st-century space is double the size of the previous building, with classrooms designed specifically for young children. The building replaces the school’s Early Childhood wing that was destroyed by an arson fire July 4, 2017. “It has long been the school’s vision to create a larger, purpose-built space to meet the unique needs of the youngest students,” Head of School Luis Ottley said in a news release. “When the fire destroyed the home of our Early Childhood Program, we embraced the opportunity to execute that vision.” The new building includes a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) village that intentionally connects a science lab, tinker space and art room, all geared to foster engagement and collaborative learning among young children. In the spring, the outdoor learning space and natural play area will be completed, and the garage doors in lower-level classrooms will allow for a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor learning. “We are incredibly grateful to St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church for graciously allowing us to share their space for the past 18 months,” Early Childhood Principal Cindy Alexander said in a news release. “And thank you to (St. Martin’s) parents, community members and the staff and crew at Evergreen Construction who all helped make this vision a reality.”Left: St. Martin’s Episcopal School teachers and students check out the new Early Childhood Learning Center. / Special

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