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Hammond Hill dedicates new courtyard

Posted: December 11, 2012 - 5:49pm
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Joe Campbell, who attended Hammond Hill Elementary when it opened 60 years ago, shares memories from his school days during the courtyard dedication.
Joe Campbell, who attended Hammond Hill Elementary when it opened 60 years ago, shares memories from his school days during the courtyard dedication.

Hammond Hill Ele-mentary School held a dedication ceremony for its new courtyard Friday.

“I am overwhelmed,” said Principal Janet Vaughan of the renovated courtyard. “It has exceeded my expectations.”

The courtyard features an amphitheater that can seat an entire grade level, a plaza with covered tables, a water feature and commemorative bricks.

“It’s a nice, calm place to talk, where students can come to read, or classes can come out here and do projects,” Vaughan said.

The courtyard is also a place where pupils can eat breakfast or lunch because it’s adjacent to the school’s cafeteria.

The project was a collaborative effort between the school’s Parent Teacher Organization and School Improvement Council with support from local businesses and the community, she said.

The project took about five months to complete.

“It was a true community effort,” said Vaughan.

Hammond Hill is also celebrating its 60th anniversary and several alumni were among those present for the dedication ceremony. Alumni Joe Campbell and Donna Mosley shared their memories of the school with those in attendance.

Vaughan also recognized several people during the ceremony for their help in the project, including Happy Parker, a member of the School Improvement Council.

Parker received recognition for her dedication to the project and also received a “clap-out” Thursday as she walked the hallways with her grandson, who attends the school. A clap out is where the pupils line the hallways of the school and as the recognized person walks through, they give them a round of applause.

Parker was “thrilled” to see the project get so much support.

“It’s great to see that community spirit is still here,” she said. “I’m so honored to be a part of this.”

Commemorative bricks can still be ordered for the courtyard. To place an order or for more information, contact the school at (803) 442-6170.

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