Construction begins for innovative Twin Rivers project designed to improve community McKeesport students will return in the fall with a reimagined school called United at Twin Rivers.
MCKEESPORT, Pa. — Laptops are open and pencils go as the days are numbered until school ends for the summer, but these students will return in the fall with a reimagined school called United at Twin Rivers.
“We will have the Tigers Den which will be a full service menu with laundry facilities, shower if needed, children’s play area, meeting space, while being able to provide everything for the community,” said Brandy Daye , who is the manager of the new United at Twin Rivers.
Construction is underway to change the plan of the building. The idea comes from Lebron James’ iPromise School in Akron, where the doors are open to the community to help not only the students, but also their families with basic needs.
“We have to break down the barriers to understand this and change everything – deuces, anything, like parents think the school shouldn’t know, like we should know so we can help you, that it’s it’s about struggling to feed your kids or have your lights cut out,” Daye said.
It’s not just physical changes; the hub will offer county services to help with employment or mental health. Then, on the education side, students will have a pantry of food and clothing to help them be at their best for learning.
“There really is something for everyone in this situation. It’s just about trying to support and involve as many families and students as possible,” said Dr. Mark Holtzman, who is McKeesport’s superintendent.
The whole project and idea comes from a partnership with Dick’s Sporting Goods.
“The school district didn’t need rescue, Twin Rivers didn’t need rescue, but he needs support. It took resources, a bit of TLC,” Holtzman said.
Although the Pittsburgh-based sports company didn’t put a dollar amount on the investment, it said it was just the beginning.
“There isn’t a person who can’t and won’t benefit from the resources here at school,” Holtzman said.
Dr. Holtzman said they hoped the majority of projects would be operational by fall, but also anticipated delays due to supply chain issues.
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