Mayor, alderman show up to celebrate ribbon-cutting at new South Loop building

By Nate D, 7th grade

On Wednesday, Feb. 27., the 7th and 8th graders went on a surprise walking field trip to the new school building. When we got there, we all waited and were surprised to see Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel show up.

The band played for him and then he took a tour around the school. Alderman Pat Dowell, who represents the 3rd Ward, also attended the ceremony. Some parents and other community members were there too.

Later, Emanuel and Dowell went to the new lunch room and said a few words before cutting the ribbon and announcing the new school is ready to open. Eighth-grader Grace Bauer stood next to Principal Shelton and helped cut the ribbon.

The mayor spoke to a couple of students and then left with his entourage behind him.

After the ceremony, the students were allowed to roam the school and check out some of the classrooms. All of the classrooms were state-of-the-art. Once we left the school, we went to Mariano’s, and then left to head back to school.

Photos from the Chicago Mayor’s Office