Everything is brighter in the newly renovated classrooms at Don Cecilio Elementary School. The light reflects off the shiny wood floors, desks and faces of the children.
Each classroom has what amounts to a wall of windows. Many rooms have indoor plants growing along the window ledges.
Built as North Public, Don Cecilio was a well-built and sturdy structure, almost like a fortress. But after eight months of renovation, what was a dark, dank and depressing building has become a shinny, new and pleasant place of learning.