QUINCY -- Sarah Atwater Denman Elementary School stresses the importance of student leadership, so students will play a key part in Saturday's dedication for the K-5 building.
"Families and community members will have opportunities to see students leading part of the ceremony and the building tour portion," Principal Chrissy Cox said. "We'll have a few students speaking, students introducing our guests, and when visitors come through the building and visit classrooms, students will be there to guide our community members."
Dedication ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. at the school at 4100 Harrison, and the community is invited to attend.
"It's a chance for the community to sit back and say look what we accomplished for our community," Quincy Public Schools Superintendent Roy Webb said. "It's quite an undertaking, quite an accomplishment, so we should take time to celebrate."
QPS opened Lincoln-Douglas Elementary School two years ago, Col. George J. Iles Elementary School and Dr. Abby Fox Rooney Elementary School last year and Denman and Thomas S. Baldwin Elementary School for this school year.
"Nobody that I know of has taken 3,000 elementary kids and placed them all in brand-new schools within a two-year period," Webb said. "It says a lot about our staff from maintenance to teachers, the School Board and the entire community. They took this on and did this."
Denman opened on Aug. 15 with the first day of classes, but Cox said the school asked to delay its dedication ceremony to allow students to participate -- and to highlight their leadership skills as part of the last new building celebration.
"There's excitement of seeing the building both with parents and students, and it will be really fun to have more community members in," Cox said. "Seeing it filled with kids gives it purpose."
Wrapping up construction and building dedications allows QPS to switch its focus to "instruction and teaching and kids not just for me as superintendent, but for our entire staff," Webb said. "They have been transitioning, moving and planning for this. Now is the opportunity to concentrate on kids and their education."