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celebration - New Berry Elementary
Posted in , , on August 24, 2023

Celebrate good times, come on!

“There’s a party going on right here!”

Right here in Arlington this Monday, Aug. 28, at the new Berry Elementary School. It’ll be a celebration to dedicate the brand-new school.

In fact, “Mr. Celebration” himself, Sir Earl Toon of Kool & the Gang, will be there to perform several of his hit songs, including “Celebration.”

Then after the ceremony, the school will be open for tours followed by an ice cream social in the cafeteria.

It’s going to be a good time. If you’d like to come see the new school, get your groove on and celebrate good times, please RSVP here. The ceremony starts at 5 p.m.

The new Berry is definitely worth celebrating.

The new two-story school building with nearly 105,000 square-feet features five classrooms for each grade (pre-K-6), a media center, fine arts classrooms, STEM labs, makerspace, collaboration spaces, outdoor areas and more.

Designed with input from the community, teachers and students, the new Berry is intended to breathe new life into the east Arlington community and give all students access to unlimited educational opportunities in the best possible, state-of-the-art facilities.

“We are excited about what this is going to bring to our community,” Berry principal Rose Ravin said nearly two years ago at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new school. “Not just for our district but especially in our east Arlington area. We know this building will provide opportunities for our east Arlington students. We are excited because they will be a part of making new history, new memories, new learning, new designs and new creations.”

The new school replaces the original Berry, built in 1955. It was demolished in 2021 and was rebuilt over the last two years on its original site.

Berry is one of four aging schools being replaced by the 2019 Bond program.