BRW Architects attended the Dedication of Thelma Elizabeth Page Richardson Elementary School on October 23, 2013 greeted with handshakes from excited young students. The school opened this Fall relieving the over populated elementary schools in the area. The daylight filled Lobby proved the ideal setting for the Dedication events!
The inspiring speeches encouraged students to model their school’s heroic name sake; Thelma Richardson who fought for equal pay for African American Dallas teachers in the 1940’s. Principal Courtney Thomas led the Program in the Multipurpose space and was also joined by speakers Sylvia Reyna, PH.D. (Chief of School Leadership, DISD), Toni Rose (Texas House of Representatives), Rick Callahan (Dallas Council Member), John Wiley Price (Dallas County Commissioner), Israel Cordero (Executive Director, W.W. Samuell Feeder Pattern DISD), Rita Cloman (President, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.), and Larry Zerby (Director of Design & Special Projects, DISD, Construction Services). The performances by the enthusiastic 4th and 5th grade choirs were met with great applause concluding the ceremony.
Afterwards, guests and parents enjoyed refreshments in the Lobby where they admired the CHPS educational graphics and the Thelma Richardson dedication signage including the history of the school’s name sake. It was inspiring to experience the school in use after all the planning, design, and construction was complete!
The recently completed Thelma Richardson Elementary School opened its doors to teachers last week and will welcome Dallas ISD students for the first day of school on Monday, August 26. The new elementary school celebrates the life of the namesake, Thelma Elizabeth Page Richardson, and her role in breaking down the walls of teacher segregation in Dallas. Vibrant, colorful panels and durable materials provide the district with a new CHPS designed school that will last well into the future. Included are a few detailed images as we celebrate the school’s opening. More pictures will be posted on our website and blog soon, so be sure to check back at www.brwarch.com.