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2009-09-29 | Leaders, students dedicate Eudora Elementary School

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009


“Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to great places! You're off and Away!"


Drawing inspiration from the words of Dr. Seuss and his popular book, The Places You’ll Go, Kansas Commissioner of Education Alexa Posny and U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore joined district leaders and more than 750 students, parents, patrons and staff on Sept. 27 to formally dedicate Eudora Elementary.


The new building, which opened in August, is home to all Eudora students in grades 1-5. It was constructed as the flagship project of the $45 million bond passed in November 2007.


Posny expanded on Seuss’s themes, recognizing the remarkable commitment of the Eudora community to envision and build such a school and telling the audience to take advantage of the excellent opportunities in public education.


"Today, you are dedicating the new elementary school," she said, "and the children who pass through these halls into the classrooms beyond are continuing a lifelong journey, a journey of learning, fulfilled with your support."


Superintendent of Schools Don Grosdidier and Principal Jan Irby both reflected on the importance of the new school for the district, but also for the community.


Grosdidier highlighted the dramatic changes and growth that the community and district have undergone in the past 15 years and credited much of it to the 1993 change in the school funding formula that brought state aid and equity to districts like Eudora.


“I’ve always believed that zip code should not determine the quality of a student’s education,” he said. “Children in Kansas deserve a high-quality education, no matter where their parents live.”


Irby went on to explain the importance of the new facility for student learning.


“The completion of this building is only the beginning of the experiences for our students, staff and community,” she said. Each day our teachers, staff and students walk through these doors, they go to new places — they learn new skills, share new ideas, open doors to new opportunities. 'The places you’ll go...' This isn’t just about buildings. This is about the places we go — the experiences we have — in our lives. And what a wonderful place for our students to have the experience of learning.”


The ceremony also included a presentation from Moore to Irby of a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol and concluded with a special performance of “We Are the World” by Eudora Elementary School students.