1000 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC
Donna Terashima, Media Specialist and teacher at Washington GT Magnet Elementary, is very enthusiastic about having SSR volunteers come to her school! Donna told me that mathematics and sciences receive lots of attention at Washington; however, the school is doing more and more to promote literacy. To that end, the school, some years back, established a terrific program where fourth-graders read to kindergarteners during the school day and the kids have the same "book buddy" all year long! All of the children have lots of elective classes from which to choose so that each child may learn where he or she is gifted and talented.
Volunteers will be reading in a quiet environment in the school's beautiful and spacious library. When you enter the main doors, the library is right in front of you. The main office is at left, as you enter the building.
The school sits majestically on a hill on Fayetteville Street (the part of Fayetteville behind Memorial Auditorium). Washington Elementary is on the historical register, and the original building was the first black high school in Raleigh. The school was established in 1923, (imagine 91 years!), and the year is proudly displayed in stone above the main school entrance. The building has been renovated but still retains some of the original ornate plaster decorations.
The school is in a very safe neighborhood, it is very easy to get to from Cary and Apex, and only about a 20 minute drive from some parts of North Raleigh. You can access the school directly from Western Blvd (which turns into Martin Luther King Blvd.), turning right on Fayetteville Street. Volunteers may park in front of the building and walk up the stairs to the main entrance.
Please remember to sign-in at the main office and to wear proof of your and your dog's certification to every event in which you participate. Thank you so very much for all you do!!!!! For your first visit to Washington, please make sure you carry your NC driver's license.
Phone # for Washington GT: [masked]
Have fun! Any questions, contact Linda