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Construction for Thelma Elizabeth Page Richardson Elementary School officially began with the groundbreaking ceremony held Thursday, May 31st.   The ceremony was held indoors at neighboring San Jacinto Elementary School‘s auditorium because of muddy site conditions caused by two days of rain.  That, however, didn’t temper the celebratory spirit of attendees, including elementary school children, school district representatives, a former student of Ms. Thelma Richardson and construction team members from filling the space with the anticipation of welcoming a bright, modern facility into the neighborhood.

The ceremony began with a welcome and Pledge of Allegiance from Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary School students.  The San Jacinto Elementary School Choir performed for the crowd.  Anecdotes and remembrances were shared by Deardra Hayes-Whigham, senior Executive Director of the South Central Elementary Learning Community, Bernadette Nutall, DISD Trustee – District 9, Shirley Ison-Newsome, Interim Division Executive, Rita Cloman, and Marian Willard, Principal of James Madison High School and former student of Thelma Richardson.  Ed Levine, Executive Director of Construction Services for DISD then described highlights of the new facility.  The symbolic earth-shoveling followed on the auditorium stage, with a long trough of sand substituting for the mud on the construction site. Special guests and the construction team members, as well as, many of the children took the opportunity to lend a hand in breaking ground for Thelma Elizabeth Page Richardson Elementary School.


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