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Downtown Gresham facility will host tutoring, meetings for popular online school

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - The Metro East Web Academy officially opened its new downtown Gresham building on Friday, April 23.

Metro East Web Academy officially opened its new building Friday with a ribbon cutting and open house in the one-time grocery store.

"This is pretty special," said David Gray, executive director at the Friday, April 23, ribbon cutting.

Although Metro East Web Academy (MEWA) is an online charter school, it uses the newly-renovated 18,000 square foot space for tutoring, counseling sessions, small in-person classes such as art and science and for student club meetings and functions. It serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

In addition to small "classrooms" there is a large "great room" that can be used for bigger functions, as well as an art and science room and counseling and other offices.

The popular school's enrollment increased during the pandemic to about 825 students from 575 students in 2017.

"Not all students find success in brick and mortar schools," Lynn Snodgrass, CEO of the Gresham Chamber of Commerce said at the Chamber-sponsored ceremony.

MEWA's new digs are at 50 N.W. Fifth St. right across the street from the Gresham History Museum.

MEWA, which is sponsored by the Gresham-Barlow School District, had been leasing space in the Civic neighborhood. PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - This room is used for science and art classes and club meetings.

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Although the Web Academy teaches online, this room is set up for the schools smallest scholars to come in for in-person school.PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - The new 18,000 square-foot schoolhouse includes this great room which can be used for big school meetings.


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