Monday, October 18, 2010

Pavilion Ribbon Cutting

A big part of my PTO presidency, last year at Highland Park, was getting the pavilion built on the school property. After 3 years of saving money for it, we were able to make it happen last school year. It was started in April 2010, delayed due to permit issues with the City in May 2010, and finally completed in August 2010.

Here are pictures of the process from start to finish.

On October, 14th, 2010, we had a small ribbon cutting ceremony. School staff, PTO board members, and 2 members from the PISD School Board were there. I gave this speech-


I am Lisa Limbaugh. I am currently serving as the Highland Park PTO President. Thank you everyone for being here tonight!

Before we begin, I would like to introduce some special guests in attendance-

From Pville ISD- Mario Acosta

Superintendent, Charles Dupre

From the Highland Park Administration-

Principal, Jose Medina

Assistant Principal, Carolyn Parker

Former Principal, Christie Olivarez

Former Highland Park PTO Presidents- Jeri Ashford & Raul Escobar

Also in attendance is the Boy Scout, who built us 6 picnic tables as his Eagle Scout Service Project,- Michael Ashford

And last, the movers and shakers of HPES, the staff! Please raise your hand so we can give you a cheer!

The summer before HPES opened, a group of enthusiastic incoming parents gathered to talk about their hopes and dreams for Highland Park. One parent mentioned a “shade structure.” It was added to the list.

Jeri Ashford served as PTO president the first year HPES was open. That year the PTO worked hard to get established and raise “starting off funds.”

The second year, as Raul Escobar served as PTO President, the talk of the “shade structure” turned into a vision of an “outdoor classroom” & a place for parents and grandparents to have lunch with their kids.

The third year, with Jeri Ashford serving as president again, the PTO board committed to setting aside money towards a “Pavilion.” They kept to the commitment and were able to bank a large chunk of money!

Last year, my first year serving as PTO President, the board was determined to see the dream of the Pavilion through. By the end of the fall, even more money was set aside. The PTO and Administration worked to pool their money and by winter, the prep work started. It began with plans, approval from the district (thank you!), and construction bids.

In April of 2010, ground broke and the work began. We had a few bumps and delays along the way, but I am delighted to say, the Pavilion was officially completed in August of this year prior to the beginning of the school year.

Tonight we gather to celebrate this shade structure, this outdoor classroom, and this place to have lunch,.... this pavilion that began as a small dream. And tonight we dedicate this completed dream to the past, present, and future student of HPES as name it “The Pride Pavilion.”

Here are pictures from the ceremony. Ed took them.

Principal, Jose Medina, Assistant Principal Carolyn Parker,
& former principal, Christie Olivarez

The posed "before the ribbon cutting" picture.
The 3 Principals & the 3 PTO Presidents.
The actual cutting moment!

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