Not even a power outage could dim the anticipation Isabella Peer was feeling on Friday afternoon.
“I’m so excited. I’m so excited,” the six-year-old said as she walked through the strangely dark hallways of Sagebrush Elementary School, searching for her first grade classroom.
An unexpected power outage in the Sagebrush neighborhood coincided with the school’s Aug. 12th “meet and greet” event and 40th anniversary celebration. But the resourceful Sagebrush staff simply set up battery-powered lanterns in the hallways so students could still find their new classrooms and meet their teachers for the 2017-18 school year.
It didn’t take Isabella long to find Ms. Koras first grade classroom.
“I LOVE it!” she exclaimed. But the source of her enthusiasm wasn’t her name on her very own desk or the shelves of books waiting to be read. “I love it because I know two people in the class!”
Thrilled by the prospect of already having two friends in first grade, Isabella and her family – dad John Peer, mom Alicia Mattson, and younger brother Landon – met Isabella’s first grade teacher, Ms. Koras. It was just one of many memorable moments in an evening 40 years in the making.
Principal Christie Toliver told the crowd gathered outside the school that when Sagebrush opened in 1977, it actually housed two schools.
“You see, when Sagebrush opened we welcomed Arrowhead Elementary into one wing of our school as they eagerly awaited their own grand opening the following semester,” Toliver explained. After celebrating the school’s proud past, Toliver took a few moments to look to the future.
“Our focus as a staff as we embark on our next 40 years of excellence includes centering ourselves in honoring dignity within ourselves and offering dignity to our students,” Toliver said.
Meaningful quotes selected by the staff were displayed throughout the school, including this one by author Donna Hicks, “We need each other to become what we are capable of being.”
Then it was time for ice cream bars inside by lamplight, or cake outside in the sunlight. See more photos from the celebration on the Cherry Creek Schools Facebook page. Despite the power outage, the future has never looked brighter for Sagebrush students, staff and families.