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South Shaver Elementary Holds Dedication

South Shaver Elementary Holds Dedication
Posted on 06/08/2015
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South Shaver Elementary has been open since fall 2014 to staff and students and the campus recently held an official dedication of the new state-of-the-art school.

The school marked the special occasion with parents, staff and community in attendance. Despite the threat of rain, many gathered before the official dedication for a ceremonial butterfly release.

South Shaver hosted everyone from the Board of Trustees, former administrators and former South Shaver principal John Freeman to the Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kirk Lewis, district administration and school staff.

Administration
Bottom row from l-r: Erica Ordogne, South Shaver Principal; Fred Roberts, secretary Pasadena ISD board of trustees;  Thomas Carroll, former Superintendent of Elementary Education; John Freeman, South Shaver Principal from 1962-1980; Hollis Powell, former Atkinson Elementary Principal and Nelda Sullivan, member of the Pasadena ISD board of trustees. Top Row from l-r: Marshall Kendrick, member of the Pasadena ISD board of Regents and Dr. Kirk Lewis, Pasadena ISD Superintendent of Schools. 

Board of Trustees member Nelda Sullivan expressed warm sentiments about the finished school.

“I feel that I have a special relationship with South Shaver. I have lived in this neighborhood for many years,” Sullivan said.  “I served as a mentor to the students here when I worked at the bank just down the street. I know a lot about the building and have fond memories of it.”

The South Shaver Select Choir shared a few songs with the crowd about learning to read and their bright futures.

Select Choir

One exciting portion of the dedication was the opening of a time capsule that was placed in the cornerstone of the building in 1948 by school board president and former masonic grandmaster A.W. Calhoun of the Pasadena masonic lodge 1155. Inside the capsule was a map book, a masonic coin, a bible opened to Jeremiah 29:11, a masonic book and his masonic gavel.

Students then put items into a new time capsule including a memory book, a xylophone, a picture of students and staff, a copy of a dictionary and a recording of a song sang by students.

South Shaver Principal Erica Ordogne shared the significance of the cornerstone of a building and what is represents.

“A great school is a source of pride in a neighborhood, it is a fixture, a focal point, a cornerstone of the community,” Ordogne said. “Today we celebrate the end of one road and the beginning of another. We are finished for the time being with the bricks and mortar of this building. Bricks and mortar are only the back drop to what has been and what will be the life of south shaver elementary.”

After the ceremony, guests were invited to tour the building with South Shaver’s student council members.

Ordogne

South Shaver

Time Capsule