On Saturday, October 1, the brand-new Black Rock Middle School opened its doors for a special Ribbon-Cutting & Grand Opening Celebration as hundreds of community members came out to be part of this historic occasion despite the inclement weather.
Providing opening remarks at the ceremony was School Board President Lucy Klain, who welcomed all of those in attendance and thanked the countless people who played an integral role in seeing this project come to fruition, including past and present school board members; the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners; the architects and construction workers; and the taxpayers of Lower Merion and Narberth, who continue to support excellence in education through funding this endeavor for the benefit all current and future students.
Black Rock Middle School seventh grader Levi Perry-Craig then took the podium to welcome music teacher Mr. Steve Gamarino and the Royals' band and orchestra, who played The Star-Spangled Banner as part of their first-ever public performance. Perry-Craig then spoke about how fortunate he and his classmates felt to be able to attend such a beautiful, state-of-the-art learning facility as he highlighted some of his favorite features of the building, including the Dining Hall, Courtyard and the Gathering Stairs, which are located in the Heart of the school.
Superintendent Dr. Khalid N. Mumin was next to the microphone as he thanked the many administrators, teachers and members of the facilities, operations and maintenance team, who all were indispensable to the successful completion of this massive undertaking. Dr. Mumin then briefly touched on how this groundbreaking facility truly embodies the five pathways of the District's Strategic Plan: Redefining Success, Transformative Curriculum, A Commitment to Professional Learning, Student-Driven Schools and A Spirit of Community.
The penultimate speaker at the event was Jessica Levin Orenstein, a Black Rock Middle School teacher and District alumna who spoke about how proud and excited she was to be able to give back to her community and be a part of such an innovative and collaborative learning environment.
Last and certainly not least was Principal Sarah Stout, who thanked her supportive family; dedicated assistant principals Dr. Hamirah Mobley and Ms. Jen Kehoe; and project manager Mr. Gary Musial, who helped guide the project to completion. Principal Stout then invited students to join her front and center as she picked up the giant pair of scissors and officially cut the ribbon marking the grand opening of the District's eleventh school!
Following the ceremony, students were on-hand to provide tours of the new facility to interested community members. CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO FROM THE RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY!
To see a slideshow of images from the event, click play below!