Family, neighbors, long-time PTA members, elected officials, community organizers and retired educators were among those at Nolan Estes Plaza for the Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy Groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, April 23.
It was a groundbreaking as well as a celebration of the longest serving Dallas ISD trustee in recent history - 23 years.
Students set the tone for this spirited occasion, presenting music and choreography of their version of "The Best Is Yet to Come."
Principal Gail Ferguson-Smith introduced Kathlyn Joy Gilliam and spoke of the meaningful relationship she is developing with the students.
We thank Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, Dr. Wright Lassiter - Chancellor, Dallas County Community College District, Dr. Jennifer Wimbush - President of Cedar Valley College, Arnold Viramontes - Chief of Staff, Alma Garcia - Early College School Initiative Program Officer, and all other participants who made the activity a very special occasion.
A highlight of the morning was hearing Mrs. Kathlyn Joy Gilliam speak with wit, wisdom and humor.
The new Collegiate Academy is scheduled to open in August 2011.
Thanks to central office, teachers,staff and students, Principal Gail Ferguson-Smith and everyone who contributed to the success of the Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy Groundbreaking ceremony.
It brought us Joy.