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Grand Rapids’ Community School Earns Richard Riley Award

11/01/10

Burton Elementary and Middle School in Grand Rapids, Michigan has been awarded the sixth annual Richard Riley Award presented by the Americans Architectural Foundation (AAF). The award "promotes the idea of schools as centers of community and honors excellence in schools that open their doors to community residents of all ages for educational resources and other services."

Burton Elementary and Middle Community Schools serve the community by providing onsite community, health and financial services to children and families. One of the school’s newest innovations includes a "community service wing" which offers easy access to services such as community health and dental centers as well as prevention groups and treatment services. This wing is located at the front of the school and is accessible to the community even when the school is closed.

"Burton Elementary and Middle School sets a national benchmark for how a community can create a school and campus that is truly at the center of its community," said Ron Bogle, President and CEO of the American Architectural Foundation. "We are very pleased to award Burton Schools with the Richard Riley Award." Read More....

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