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Rockwall ISD holds beam-signing ceremony for Virginia Reinhardt Elementary School

(ROCKWALL, TX – Oct. 8, 2018) Rockwall ISD recently held a beam-signing ceremony for Virginia Reinhardt Elementary School, attended by students, parents, staff, alumni, government officials and community members.

The beam, measuring 16 ft. and 1,000 lbs., will be installed in the New Reinhardt building. Attendees of the beam-signing ceremony as well as the 570 Reinhardt students and their teachers signed the beam.

The beam, which started the day as a blank, freshly-primed canvas, ended it filled with signatures and special messages in orange and blue.

“This is a foundation beam that will secure and protect the integrity of the new facility,” said Superintendent Dr. John Villarreal.  “What we sign today symbolically represents our strength and belief in the foundation of our children for years to come.”

In addition, a time capsule will be placed within the building. Reinhardt students in grade level teams will decide what items they want included in the time capsule. Years in the future, the time capsule will be opened and a new generation of Reinhardt Rocket students will discover things about former students in 2018.

“I love that our staff and students get to experience a unique and exciting event such as this and leave their mark on the new building,” said Reinhardt Principal Amanda Payne. “Just as we want them to leave their mark in our school and community by building positive relationships, leading by example and achieving academic excellence.”

Brendan McGrew, a Reinhardt Elementary student spoke during the ceremony, sharing his excitement for the new Reinhardt building.

“We can’t wait to see what the new building looks like,” said Brendan. “I know many happy memories and positive experiences will continue to be made there.”

You can view a photo gallery of the event here.

Submitted press release by Steven Offield, Communications Coordinator, Rockwall ISD, for publication in Blue Ribbon News. 

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