Hilltop School, 301 NW Gregory Blvd, celebrated the grand opening of its new school library on Thursday, October 13.
This nearly year-long project between the Rotary Club and members of the Lee's Summit R7 School District has resulting in the "fabrication and installation of library shelving, along with the evaluation, selection and acquisition of approximately 500 hard-and soft-cover books."
The Rotary Club of Lee's Summit matched a grant from Rotary District 6040 (northern Missouri) to fund the project.
“Hilltop students are high-risk, bright young ladies and men with lofty hopes and dreams,” comments Hilltop administrator/teacher Andre Montgomery. “Building a campus library for our students to read, learn and explore the endless possibilities that life has to offer provides an invaluable resource. We are grateful to the Rotary Club.”
“One of Rotary International’s key areas of focus is the support of education and literacy,” comments Kirby Asplund, Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit Grant Chair and immediate past president. “It has been an honor and pleasure to work with Mr. Montgomery and the team at Hilltop to help provide a potentially life-changing resource for the students there – helping to encourage these young people intellectually, emotionally and culturally.”
The brief ceremony at the school included the unveiling of the library, readings from students, and comments from Andre Montgomery and Kirby Asplund.
"I am delighted to be here today to celebrate the dedication of this library," Asplund said during the grand opening event. "With prayers and best wishes that this work will not only serve to entertain and inspire now, but also to help these excellent young people throughout their lives."