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Toronto’s Nelson Mandela elementary school reopens

Toronto’s Nelson Mandela Park Public School officially reopened Monday as the iconic leader remained in a South African hospital with a lung infection.

The Regent Park school, on Shuter Street near River and Queen streets, has been under renovations for nearly two years.

The school, which was originally built in 1915, has a new library and atrium as well as updated classroom technology.  Workers repaired the original exterior and façade, but the interior was almost completely overhauled.

It’s now home to 660 students, ranging from kindergarten to Grade 8, and also includes a child care centre, a community centre and an employment centre.

It reopened to students on March 19 and the ribbon-cutting ceremony was Monday.

Mandela, 94, remains in intensive care for the third day after being hospitalized with a recurring lung infection. It is the fourth time in six months Mandela has been admitted to hospital.