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Valley classrooms see upgrades thanks to marijuana money

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It can be expensive for teachers to get their classrooms exactly the way they want, but at least one valley school got a bit of a break purchasing new tools for school.

“Every year is a new year,” Ken Morrow, a fifth grade teacher McCaw Steam Academy said. “You really want to re-energize yourself and this year had been really different.”

He said it’s different now that he has a brand new classroom called a 360 room, with a whiteboard on every wall for students. 

“First of all, we have the 360 white boards where kids have their own individual space,” Morrow said. “The desks are all new this year, they’re on wheels. When they walk through the door they’ll never have seen anything like this.”

School officials said a grant from the marijuana tax is how they were able to afford the new room they believe will enhance learning.

“We can reconfigure the kids into different groups,” Morrow said. “Put them by the board, they’re very mobile.”

It’s a nice return to the classroom for his second year teaching at McCaw Academy, he said.

The new classroom isn’t the only new thing teachers are excited about.

“I’m excited with the new superintendent,” Mayra Claros, first grade teacher, said. “I’m hopeful that new changes happen and trying to stay positive, to see a new outcome.”

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