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Multisensory Learning Academy has a new sign thanks to the generosity of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers as well as the National Electrical Contractors Association.

The public charter school, at 22565 N.E. Halsey St., Fairview, is in its 12th year of operation.

It celebrated the installation of the new sign in a ceremony Nov. 1.

Clif Davis with IBEW 48 and Tim Gauthier with NECA accepted certificates of thanks from the MLA School Board, and envelopes of thank-you cards and posters from students.

Students, staff and families attended the event in the south parking lot.

Also present at the event were MLA Principal Sheri Fitzsimmons and Executive Director Jo Ann Lindenthal; MLA School Board members Mike Riordan, Neil Green and John Lindenthal; Reynolds School District Board Member Theresa Delaney Davis; and State Rep. Matt Wand, R-Troutdale.

The IBEW and the NECA donated the sign and paid for all the needed permits and construction costs. The entire project cost about $15,000, Lindenthal said, and the donation saved the school money that it then used to establish a classroom computer lab.

She said the new sign raised the school’s visibility in the community almost immediately.

“Within 45 minutes of the sign being up, we got calls from people looking to enroll their children in the school,” she said. “And the sign has also brought a lot of pride for our kids.”

She also notes the electrical sign can be used to communicate school news, including upcoming events and activities.

This is the charter school’s first street-side sign. The academy serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade in the Reynolds district. For more information about MLA, visit mla.k12.or.us or call 503-405-7868.

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