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Duquesne Elementary School has transformed its building to meet the needs of its students in grades PreK-6.

Bring Your Kids Home-Innovation, Creation and Repurposing Spaces

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The Duquesne Elementary School (DES) has repurposed many classrooms to meet the changing needs of students in grades PreK-6. Over the past few years, DES has repurposed multiple rooms in the 106 year old building and we now have two maker spaces, a library media center and a coding and robotics lab for students to further their technology use in the classroom and apply it to real life.
Our building began to take on a different look when we started to paint the walls a different color than the boring old white that they had been for probably 100 + years.

Dr. Stanley B. Whiteman III, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, Technology and LEA

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2019
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Updated on February 1st, 2021
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Bring Your Kids Home

Duquesne Elementary School (DES) is transforming its school for students in grades PreK-6.  We started by painting the walls different colors and allowing teachers to use flexible seating in their classrooms and in the common spaces of the building.  Multiple grants from Donors Choose, the Grable Foundation, the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and PNC Bank have supported this work.

The Duquesne City School District (DCSD) is located in Duquesne, Pennsylvania which has a population of 5,534 residents in its 1.92 square miles (2016). The median household income for the residents of the Duquesne community is $21,495 as compared to $55,000 nationally and the median household value is $36,000 as compared to $184,000 nationally (2016). More than 40 percent of residents live in poverty. This is nearly three times the national average of 14 percent. 

Despite these challenges, DES has continued to thrive, specifically in the areas of STEAM and maker learning. Over the past four years, DES has repurposed storage rooms, closets and older classrooms to create two maker spaces, a media center and a coding and robotics classroom .  




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Paint Some Walls
The first step to transforming your space is to brighten up the environment with some color.
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Use social media
Develop social media accounts for your school.
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Flexible Seating
Get rid of the boring desks in your classroom!
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Ask For Support
Write some grants to support the work that you want to do in your classroom.
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