AUSTIN, Texas—The University Co-operative Society has donated $150,000 toward the construction of a new University Co-op Campus Center for The University of Texas Elementary School at 2200 East Sixth St. Construction of the 1,800-square-foot facility will begin this summer.
The University of Texas at Austin has purchased a half-acre lot on the northwest side of the campus that will house the new facility as well as a new track and field for the school.
"The University Co-op Campus Center will allow UT Elementary School to better serve our students and to welcome the surrounding community and the university community to make greater use of our campus," said Dr. Ramona Treviño, principal of the school.
The center will provide a space for school celebrations and assemblies, a location for community meetings, a classroom for university faculty and students and an indoor play area for rainy days. It also will provide a space for physical education and health classes to be taught until a new school building with a full-size gymnasium is constructed.
The University of Texas Elementary School opened in 2003 with grades pre-kindergarten through first and has added an additional grade each year. The school will complete its growth with the addition of fifth grade classes in the fall. Students are a reflection of the neighborhoods that surround it. As an open enrollment public charter school, enrollment is open to all students living within a five ZIP-code area of east Austin. Students are chosen by lottery from these applicants. UT Elementary School is a demonstration school for The University of Texas at Austin, which puts promising educational research from the university into practice in an inner-city school setting.