Jefferson Elementary College, which was closed in 2020, is now residence to a brand new Pasadena library facility, hearth division coaching heart, and the police division’s Police Actions League (PAL) and Explorer Program services.
The Metropolis is inviting the neighborhood to discover these upgraded services on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 am to 1 pm for an open home and tour of the Jefferson College campus at 1500 E. Villa St.
This occasion is hosted by District 2 Councilmember Felicia Williams and can characteristic children’ crafts, meals and video games, police and hearth autos, hearth extinguisher demos, useful resource tables, and free COVID-19 and flu vaccinations, in response to an announcement by the town.
“This can be a nice occasion to reactivate the campus, deliver the neighborhood collectively, and spotlight a profitable collaboration between the Metropolis and Pasadena Unified College District (PUSD) to supply extra companies to households and residents,” Williams stated, including the college has been upgraded and painted, with pickleball courts added.
“Quickly you will notice children again on campus for after-school packages and library companies. This can be a artistic and efficient use of college properties that I hope we are able to duplicate on different campuses,” she stated.
On the Open Home on Saturday, neighborhood members can anticipate a fun-filled day with Marshall Elementary college students offering music leisure, native companies promoting espresso and ice cream, and Pasadena firefighters providing free sizzling canine.
“Look out for the police helicopter touchdown, hearth extinguisher demonstrations, and humanities and crafts within the library,” Williams stated. “Most significantly, it’s a likelihood for neighbors to return collectively, construct neighborhood, and even placed on a hearth uniform if you need!”
Jefferson Department Library
The brand new Jefferson Department Library can be open to the general public Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to six pm, and Saturdays from 2 to six pm Library actions will embrace storytimes, youth packages, and teenage volunteer alternatives. PUSD additionally plans to supply a Homework Assist drop-in program beginning in 2023.
The library can be providing particular collections for checkout, together with educator and homeschool collections, board video games, video video games, e book membership kits, Chromebooks and hotspots, early studying kits with a give attention to fairness, jigsaw puzzles, juvenile Spanish supplies, psychological well being kits, sensory storytime kits, and STEAM kits.
The department library additionally homes the Metropolis’s Workplace of the Younger Baby and Teen Psychological Well being data facilities.
For District 2 residents, the newly renovated college and the mixed services there will definitely add extra alternatives and companies.
“New companies for the general public embrace library youngsters and teenage packages, Police Actions League/Explorers, and we had been capable of finding one other website right here for pickleball,” Williams stated. “The fireplace coaching heart has been right here for greater than a yr and graduated three courses already. With future Cops and firefighters on the campus interacting with the neighbors, it units the stage for sturdy community-first responder relations, and probably extra recruits from the neighborhood.”
The Pasadena Fireplace Division has transformed a few of Jefferson College’s school rooms into coaching labs for emergency medication and hearth and rescue simulations. Two school rooms are getting used for persevering with training and in-service classroom coaching, and extra school rooms are for workplace area, separate female and male locker rooms, and a wellness/train room. Out of doors grounds are used for hands-on coaching, together with car extrication, hose and ladder operations, and scenario-based evolutions. Town stated 14 of the division’s latest firefighters accomplished their academy coaching at Jefferson.
A “pump pod” has additionally been included on the website to permit for water to be recycled throughout numerous workout routines, considerably lowering water waste.
“One million due to former Metropolis Supervisor, Steve Mermell, PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald, and the PUSD Board for being forward-thinking and seizing this wonderful alternative,” Williams stated. “Additionally to Metropolis employees for coordinating all the logistics with a laser give attention to bringing extra companies to the neighborhood.”