Built in 1990, the Union Canal Elementary School has received renovations over the last few years, but due to the pandemic opportunities of bringing the public in to see the finished work have been limited.

The Cornwall-Lebanon School District recently invited members of the media and general public to visit the school after-hours and see the completed renovations and construction project outside of the hustle and bustle of the school day.

Union Canal Elementary School opened in 1990 to help accommodate growing population in the Cornwall-Lebanon School District. Ebenezer Elementary School opened in 1996. This mural at the entrance to Union Canal Elementary School represents the school’s values.

All photos by Will Trostel.

Among those present at the open house were (from right to left) Dr. Philip Domencic, CLSD superintendent, Mr Bernard McGinty, principal, and Mrs. Ruth Ann Schlegel, CLSD board president. Community members were also invited to attend.

The renovation project was done both to modernize the interior, adding color throughout the building, and as well as better control water run-off from adjacent agricultural areas. To that end, an additional basin was added to the site as part of the project.

New lighting and colored ceiling elements change the vibe in the cafeteria at Union Canal Elementary School. Note the cafeteria stools marked off to enforce social distancing guidelines during lunch hour.

Union Canal Elementary School is located at 400 Narrows Dr, Lebanon, PA 17046.

One of the new additions as part of the project was a “study nook” for 4th and 5th graders. This space can be used for small group gatherings or individual and group studying.

View of the study nook at Union Canal Elementary School.
Another view of the mixed use study nook at Union Canal Elementary School.

The administration conference room at Union Canal Elementary School.
A “large group area” at Union Canal Elementary School.
A common area for kindergarten students at Union Canal Elementary School.
Union Canal Elementary School is located at 400 Narrows Drive in Lebanon. The three other elementary schools in the district are Cornwall Elementary School, Ebenezer Elementary School, and South Lebanon Elementary School.

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