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School district to cut ribbon tonight on new media center, donation closet

Village High's center doubles as library, research area

The Pleasanton school district will cut the ribbon on its donation closet at 6:30 p.m.tonight, opening Village High School's first media center that will also serve as a donation center for "anyone who has a need."

Village High is located at 4645 Bernal Ave. on the grounds of the school district's headquarters.

The move means Village High will finally have a library and a dedicated area for its students to do online research.

In addition, Village High will be the host space for the new donation closet, which will be open to anyone in the community who need access to donated clothes.

The Hangar, the name of the new donation closet, will be staffed by special education students, who will learn job skills such as how to stock a room, fold clothes and shop for others.

Special education director Marla Silversmith said allowing special-needs students to run the room will improve their self-confidence and give them marketable skills that they can use after graduation.

The closet will be opened to "anyone who has a need" and will be filled with clothing, shoes and other items for adults and children, she said.

"We have everything from baby clothes to suits to rain coats," she said.

The opening of Village High's media center means students will have access to a library and Chromebooks for online research, principal Dana Chavez said.

Up until now, students at Pleasanton's alternative school have had to use Pleasanton's public library when they needed to check out books for research.

"We're one of the few sites that doesn't have any sort of library or media center, so the district felt in terms of equity, we have that resource," she said. "It's important for our students to have an experience here that mirrors what they were getting at Amador or Foothill as much as possible."

The media center is in its first phase, which means it's being set up in a former classroom, and administrators hope they'll be able to expand it as funding allows.

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