Students, staff, family members leave their mark on new elementary school

Jun 12, 2020

As the new elementary school on Minot Avenue starts to take shape, students, parents, and faculty have been leaving their mark by signing their names on vinyl stickers that will soon be attached to a steel beam on the new school building.

On Friday, June 12, volunteers took shifts outside of the Wareham Middle School, as people stopped by to leave their signatures. One of the volunteers said that there were more than 100 signatures by the early afternoon on Friday.

“I think it’s a great idea, it brings the community together,” said school nurse Danielle Ambrose, adding that “you don’t get an opportunity like this all the time. “

Many of the people who signed the stickers at the middle school did so after dropping off their school issued Chromebooks. 

Minot Forest third grader Avery Paulo and her mother Michelle Paulo both left their signatures after returning the school computer. 

While she was excited about the new school, Avery said she will miss being in the middle school building as she has grown used to it, and will especially miss the playground there.

Teachers Caitlin Francese and Nancy Newton also signed one of the vinyl stickers on June 12. 

Francese, who teaches music, said that “It’s hard to ignore being a part of Wareham history.” 

Newton teaches art, and said that she helped design part of the new school.

In lieu of a groundbreaking ceremony, the raising of the last steel beam will be livestreamed  in a “topping off ceremony” on June 24 at 3 p.m. The vinyl stickers will be wrapped around the beam before it is placed. 

Other signing sessions took place on June 11 and 12 at the Wareham Middle School and Multi Service Center. 

Future sessions will be held at the Decas Elementary School  from 9 to 11 a.m. on June 15 and 16.