PATERSON, NJ - Despite a long career as a physical education teacher Paterson Public Schools Superintendent Eileen Shafer was dishing out biology knowledge Monday when she said that “exercise drives oxygen to the brain and an oxygenated brain is a brain that is more able to think, to learn, and to develop.”

As students and educators celebrated the opening of the new gymnasium at Public School No. 2 Shafer added that with the new facility students will now be exercising in a safe, well-lit, and energy efficient place.

The nearly $281,00 renovation provided for the installation of new wall lads and flooring that has enough niche to minimize the chances of injury, according to school officials. Upgrades also include new energy efficient lighting and air conditioning.

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“This is 99 years overdue. But now we are here,” Board of Education Commissioner Emanuel Capers said referencing the age of the building.

In addition to the added physical fitness opportunities the new gym brings it also adds “an injection of hope” into the community Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly said. “This is what every gym in the City of Paterson should look like.”

The unveiling of the new gym comes just weeks after Paterson Public School held a groundbreaking for the new Union Avenue Middle School, another project being undertaken to help modernize Paterson’s education infrastructure.

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