Although many children may regret that the dog days of summer have come and gone with the speed of a racing greyhound, they were certainly excited to began a new year as Eagles when the Bethlehem School District opened the doors to its newest building.
The district officially opened the doors to its Eagle Elementary School on Tuesday, Sept. 2 to hundreds of gathered parents and students on the evening before classes began for the 2008-09 school year.
Local lawmakers and school officials were also on hand to commemorate the district's first new building since President Dwight D. Eisenhower roamed the halls of the White House.
The event began with a group of high school students singing the national anthem followed by the school's alma mater.
Appropriately, the district's new superintendent, Michael Tebbano, gave the opening speech to the large crowd of family members, politicians, and reporters waiting anxiously outside to get their first peak at the new school.
We're all very, very excited, Tebbano told the crowd. "Eagle is a special place with a very special name. Eagle was decided on by consensus of the whole school district."
Next up to the podium was state Sen. Neil Breslin, D-Delmar, who lauded the Bethlehem School District as one of the best around and the town itself as a great place to live.
"It gives me enormous pride to be here," Neil Breslin said, adding that his children are BC alumni. "If you don't already know, this is the best town to live in and the best school district in the Northeast. It's a terrific place to raise kids and to live, and I look forward to many more years here in Bethlehem."
Next in line was Assemblyman Tim Gordon, I-Bethlehem, who stated the brand new building would be home to some of the area's, and possibly the world's, future talent and will be the springboard to greatness for thousands of students.