Crown Point Jr. Music Academy

San Diego, CA


San Diego Unified School District had their first Think Big Reading Room open at Crown Point Junior Music Academy (CPJMA) on October 16. Late donors Eleni and Wolfgang Gagon would be proud to know that they sponsored yet another Think Big Reading Room in California. CPJMA is a Tk-5 neighborhood school in the historic Crown Point area of San Diego that enriches students with an immersive musical learning experience. The CPJMA Reading Room Team transformed a former classroom that previously held the school’s weekly staff meetings into a ‘Reading by the Sea’ themed reading room. Fishing nets, aquatic decals, giant blue pillows, bean bags and a four foot stuffed seahorse all contribute to the ocean vibe the team initially decided to create. Principal Lopez addressed a large group of students, parents, community business owners, and district officials in the school auditorium and shared why his team feels so fortunate in being able to create a literacy-rich environment for CPJMA students, thanks to the Carson Scholars Fund and the Gagon Trust. School board members shared personal stories with the audience about how reading opened doors for them to be successful in their respective careers. Students then took the stage and creatively explained how to use the reading room responsibly and what kind reading adventures await. The gathering was capped off with an enthusiastic roar from students when they saw one of their favorite book characters walk through the door, Clifford the Big Red Dog!

Click here to view opening day photos.


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