shine at Central School dedication
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Would you like to swing on
a star? Apparently, 80 students from Central School would. At 2 p.m.
on Sunday, a group of Central students ranging from kindergarten to
sixth grade sang the old favorite "Swinging on a Star" and the
Central School song during a special dedication ceremony and open
house at the new school on Seventh Street. Mrs. Susan Rohrer, a
third-grade teacher, worked with the group of children over just a
few weeks to teach them the songs and choreography to go with them,
and the students did a great job.
The ceremony was in the beautiful and
spacious new gymnasium that boasts a curtained stage area, which
opens either on the gym or to the lunchroom. District 27
Superintendent Robert Kidd introduced several honored guests who
were in attendance, including Mayor Beth Davis and state Sen.
Larry Bomke, as well as numerous members of the Lincoln City
Council and Logan County Board. Many retired Central School
teachers were also in attendance to help celebrate the new
Principal Christa Healy presented
each member of the District 27 Board of Education with an engraved
gold star in appreciation of their work in bringing the new school
to this point. In turn, faculty and staff members at the school
presented Ms. Healy with a framed print entitled "A Walk In The
Park" for her office. Fourth-grade teacher Amy Tippett said they
hope that in future years Ms. Healy will remember the last few
months as just a walk in the park.
School board President Bruce
Carmitchel made a few remarks, mainly to thank taxpayers for
voting for the new school and paying the taxes that were necessary
to pay 30 percent of the cost of the new school, with the
remaining 70 percent coming from a state grant. Member of the Kids
First Committee, the group originally responsible for working to
change legislation and promote the program in the area to get the
new schools built, were also introduced and recognized for their
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At the end of the ceremony, attendees
were allowed to tour the building. All the classrooms were open,
as well as the offices and library. The library drew a large
crowd, and the students were very excited about the size of the
library and the number of books available for them to read.
Students had been given the
opportunity to write what they liked best about the new school,
and the responses were on display throughout the building, mostly
attached to the students' lockers or bulletin boards in
classrooms. Responses varied, but the most popular aspect had to
be the lockers. Students from second grade up now have their own
lockers to store their things. Most were very excited about this
and eager to show their parents and friends where their lockers
students cited the lockers as their favorite thing about the
school, others like the gym, the lunchroom and the library. One
young man even said he liked the walls in the new school, while a
classmate said he loves everything about the new Central School.
Indeed, the Central Stars, as the students call themselves, all
seem to love their new school and were excited at the chance to
show it off.