On December 14, 2023, the students and staff of Hawthorne Avenue School celebrated a significant milestone with the inauguration of the Verizon Innovative Learning Lab. Hawthorne Avenue School, in collaboration with Dr. William H. Horton and Hawkins Street School, utilizes the Verizon Innovative Learning HQ curriculum and resources to enhance the learning experience at all grade levels. Principal H. Grady James, IV, addressed the audience with immense pride and enthusiasm as he and Superintendent Roger León prepared to cut the ribbon. Principal James emphasized that the opening of this state-of-the-art lab signifies a space that will nurture creativity, curiosity, and technological progress.
The establishment of the Verizon Innovative Learning Lab is a result of the collaboration between the Newark Board of Education and Verizon, showcasing their dedication to providing cutting-edge educational opportunities for the students of Hawthorne Avenue School. Ms. Marshall, the school's technology teacher, has wholeheartedly dedicated herself to turning Hawthorne's technology aspirations into reality. The entire Hawthorne Family has embraced this lab, recognizing its limitless potential to inspire a new generation of learners who must thrive in an ever-changing world. With the support of this innovative learning environment, the students of Hawthorne Avenue School will be well-prepared to lead the future.