The Roanoke City Schools hosted a celebratory groundbreaking ceremony Friday in honor of the building of a new Science, Technology, Enineering, and Math (STEM) Laboratory.
Members of the Roanoke City School Board, members of the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), and individuals from the community gathered at Handley Middle School as they officially announced the beginning of the construction.
A new STEM Lab will provide students with new and unique educational opportunities in areas specific to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This addition is intended to positively impact all students that go through Handley Middle School through multiple areas of learning. RCS Superintendent Greg Foster noted, “STEM Labs have something for all students.”
Other members of the RCS community shared how they feel that this addition is just what the Middle School needs to enhance student achievement.
“We started our STEM program five or six years ago,” said HMS principal Lynn Robinson. “The kids that have flourished because of providing them with this program, it is just unimaginable. And having this ability to maintain a STEM program and STEM building is just going to open doors for these kids.”
Robinson thanked the community for their endless support and quoted the RCS mission statement saying, “Roanoke, Together.”
City Councilwoman Tammi Holley spoke a few words during the ceremony and predicted, “This Lab will help create the next generation of Computer Scientists, Civil Engineers, Mechanical Eningeers, Doctors, Professors, Astronauts and the list goes on.”
Others in attendance and those who offered words of encouragement and support were: ALSDE Board Member Tracie West, State Representative Bob Fincher, ALSDE MTSS Regional Implementation Specialist Dr. Andrea Beall, RCS Board of Education Members, City of Roanoke Officials, City of Roanoke Council Members, Randolph County Chamber of Commerce Officials, Randolph County Economic Development Officials, Headley Construction Representatives, Scout Program Representatives, and Roanoke City Schools Administrators, Faculty, Staff and HMS Students.
Construstion of the Lab has begun and the project is expected to be completed in April.
Pic: From left: Superintendent Greg Foster, RCS Board President Rosalyn Langston, Tracy Brown, Lon Hurst and HMS Principal Lynn Robinson officially breakground for new HMS STEM Lab.