School Without Walls celebrates grand reopening

The newly renovated School Without Walls opened its doors Thursday with a grand reopening and ribbon cutting ceremony featuring D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and University President Steven Knapp.

University President Steven Knapp and D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty pose for photographers outside of the newly renovated School Without Walls at its reopening ceremony Thursday afternoon.

The event drew teachers, students, community members and city officials, including D.C. Public School Chancellor Michelle Rhee and D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans.

Knapp and Fenty both addressed the crowd before a tour of the new facility, proclaiming the renovations and the partnership between the University, the city and D.C. public schools. Fenty, who previously toured the building in April, has consistently expressed support for the renovation.

“All I have to say is ‘wow,’ ” Fenty said. “It’s one of the most amazing schools I’ve ever seen in my lifetime, great academics, a great facility, it’s going to be great for kids for generations.”

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gwhatchet.com, July 30, 2009