The Drumheller Community Learning Society (DCLS) had a big plan late last year: they wanted to transform the front entry room from a sparsely-furnished reception area into a fun, relaxing lounge for students looking for someone.

Dana Davidson, the Learning Centre Manager at DCLS, applied for a grant to make her dream a reality.

"Drumheller Community Learning just received a grant from the Royal Tyrrell Museum Co-operating Society in the amount of around $2,900 to purchase student lounge furniture for our front reception area."

DCLS found itself a bit short of its goal but have the necessary funds available to make the lounge become a reality.

"We wanted to create a student lounge area so that students that are taking courses already can have somewhere to do homework, and relax and use their laptop -- in their school," explained Davidson. "Most of our students are Red Deer College or Olds College students and we want them to feel that this is a part of their school."

Davidson has about a year to transform the grant from cash into a student lounge, something she said wouldn't be a problem. She hoped to have it completed within a month.

In addition to a place where students can relax and do homework, the lounge will serve as a friendly, non-intimidating area to speak with new or prospective students.

"We're trying to make it a really a friendly-feeling atmosphere so that students who struggle with learning or are coming back to school for the first time after a really long time feel comfortable and have somewhere to call their own and sit and enjoy their school."

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