Fourth-grader Sonia Gallo and first-grader Nolan Toro looked gamely on, showered in what must have been the most applause for using scissors either child had ever received in his or her life. An audience of more than 600 people watched the pair cut the ribbon that officially opened Lancaster Country Day School's (LCDS) renovated Lower School, as well as the 2016-17 Lancaster Country Day school year, on Aug. 24.
The effort was the first project completed as part of the Room to Grow capital campaign, entailing years of preparation and months of intensive construction work to produce a space ready for class on the first day of school.
The improvements include 226 new lockers, 9,000 square feet of new flooring, and 105 new windows. Beneath 14,100 square feet of new roof - and for the first time since the wing was built in 1954 - there are 33 air conditioners.
Among those in attendance at the ribbon cutting were head of school Steve Lisk; head of Lower School Caroline Badri; Room to Grow campaign chair Bernadette Milner Gardner, Class of 1987; board of trustees president Sandi Abraham; campaign honorary co-chair Sally Jarvis; LCDS project representative Tom Porsch; and property committee chair L.J. Bloom.
As parents, grandparents and friends looked on, seniors walked hand in hand with kindergartners and first-graders through the new entrance into a fresh school year.