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The Academy of the Sacred Heart officially dedicated its newly renovated technology lab in memory of Maelan Elizabeth Graffagnini on April 7. Headmistress Sr. Melanie Guste, RSCJ, led the blessing with members of the Graffagnini family, friends, and Sacred Heart faculty and staff members. Known as the Tech Café, the lab mimics a real coffee shop and opened in the fall of 2016 for students in prekindergarten through fourth grade. Students played a key role in helping design the space, which was planned by Allison Looper of Blitch/Knevel Designs. "It's a space for them," says computer teacher Lynette Moody. "It's all about them having a comfortable environment to get those creative juices flowing."
The Tech Café features kid-sized modular sofas, ottomans, an industrial style laptop bar and stools, four group work tables with colorful chairs, a bright red coffee table, and moveable bobble stools. Carpeted with a computer code style design, the space also includes a large projection screen, a green screen for movie making, a huge flat screen TV monitor, and an entire wall which works as a whiteboard and can be written on during class.