“Our dreams come true”

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Statesville Road Elementary celebrated the opening of a replacement school Oct. 12. The new building, constructed with funds from the 2013 bond referendum, replaced the old one that opened in 1955.

Student leaders, Principal Jeanette Reber, Superintendent Ann Clark and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education Chairperson Mary McCray spoke at the celebration, discussing the new opportunities available to the students and staff.

"I can't wait to see our dreams come true in this new building!" said fifth-grader Camryn Lark.

Statesville Road INSIDE 1.jpg"Seasons of Love" was sung by fourth- and fifth-graders during the ceremony.

Reber described seeing the students embrace things they didn't have at the old building or that have been enhanced in the new building: the stairs to the second floor, a new media center that offers a wide range of books, a computer lab with technology for the 21st-century learner, an expanded cafeteria and white board wall that separates the gym, auditorium and cafeteria. Students and teachers may write their thoughts and ideas and create a word wall on the white board.

Clark and McCray thanked the voters for their support in passing the bond referendum that enabled the construction of the new Statesville Road building.

"This building represents the strong support of the Mecklenburg County voters," said McCray. "I hope your first year here is a successful one."