Long Middle School is undergoing a transformation. The bottom photo here shows the library before renovations began. The bulk of the changes will be completed June 21, 2018.
Photo: AbbVie
Photo: AbbVie

Volunteers are giving this Atlanta middle school library a facelift

A southwest Atlanta middle school library is undergoing a transformation, to be completed at the hands of dozens of volunteers.

The project to update the Crawford W. Long Middle School space is part of biopharmaceutical company AbbVie’s fifth annual Week of Possibilities, a global volunteering program that addresses challenges facing the underserved, a press release said. AbbVie partnered with Heart of America, a group of independent companies that participate in civic involvement and philanthropy.

Long Middle School was chosen partly because it has a “high need from a student perspective,” with more than 70 percent of its students receiving a free or reduced lunch, said Heart of America spokeswoman Christine Lucas. She said the library at the decades-old school was “in need of modernization to inspire students.”

The renovation includes upgrades such as a large-scale repainting of the library, new tables and chairs and a work station with a 70-inch large-screen monitor, 3D printer and STEM-based technologies. It will also include a new mural and campus-wide beautification projects.

The work began a couple of weeks ago, but the bulk of the transformation will take place Thursday during an event that will culminate with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Long Middle School is located at 3200 Latona Drive SW.

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