October 3rd was a great day at Excel Academy Charter School’s East Boston campus. I attended their ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the project and, while it was drizzling and dreary outside, the sun was clearly shining in their newly completed addition. Packed full of students, faculty, board members, and public officials, energy and excitement filled the room.
The newly completed project occupies the former Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea parochial school, a facility that operated for many years prior to its closing back in 2008. Yutaka Tamura, Excel’s Interim CEO, expressed “It’s is so great to have this building resurrected as a school building.”
At the end of the ribbon cutting, I was presented with a gift from Excel’s 8th grade class. It was a photo of Excel Academy signed by all of the eighth grade students. This was an unexpected honor – after working on this project for over two years, it was a highlight to receive the students’ appreciation.