Four New Schools Open!

August 19, 2007 - the day that the community of Lakewood opened four brand new state-of-the-art school buildings! Ceremonies were held to Commission Harrison and Hayes Elementary Schools and Harding and Garfield Middle Schools.

This was a truly historical and news worthy day in the community of Lakewood!

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  • Harding - floors gleaming, ready for students!
  • The Lakewood High School Marching Band Kicked off the celebrations at each of the four new schools, including here at Harding Middle School.
  • The new cafetorium at Harding, where opening ceremonies were held.
  • Principal Meredith Wojtkun welcomes everyone to the new Harding Middle School!
  • Board of Education President Linda Beebe comments on the vision for the future of Lakewood and the school district during opening ceremonies at Harding Middle School.
  • Principal Bob Curtain welcomes everyone to the new Hayes Elementary School.
  • Dr. Estrop commented on how the community worked together to build the new schools.
  • The first "Pledge of Allegiance" in the new Hayes.
  • The Lakewood High School Marching Band joined in the celebration!
  • Cutting the ribbon!
  • Teachers, students, and community members tour the new Hayes Elementary School.
  • Harrison - the fountain, restored and working in the new building!
  • New Computer lab - ready for students!
  • Harrison - the new gym is gleaming, bright and ready for students!
  • Chas Geiger, School Board Member, speaks at the opening ceremonies for Harrison.
  • Harrison Principal Mrs. Philis Muth celebrates with students, Mayor Thomas George, and Superintendent Dr. David Estrop.
  • Garfield Principal Mark Walter welcomes everyone, including the new Garfield PTA President.
  • Quilts were presented at the two new middle schools.
  • Students help Dr. Estrop cut the ribbon at Garfield!
  • Hundreds of people turned out (even on a rainy day!) to help open the new buildings.
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