On Sept. 13, CMR witnessed the start of something that has been in the making for many years--the new multipurpose building is finally being started.
The gym was filled with the music of the pep band and teachers in matching t-shirts lined the bleachers next to community leaders and guest. The Family and Consumer Science department provided those in attendance with snacks such as cupcakes and lemonade.
Principal Kerry Parsons called the gathering to order to start this new addition to the school.
Superintendent of Great Falls Public Schools Tammy Lacey thanked many people and expressed her excitement for the new facility. "I am downright giddy," Lacey said, adding that she is a CMR graduate, who is excited to see the improvements to her alma mater. She spoke about the efforts of the people who participated in "Yes for Great Falls Kids" while the bond was still being debated. Lacey also thanked companies that had the courage to publicly support the school bond.
Some of these agencies were the Chamber of Commerce, United Way and the Great Falls Tribune editorial board.
Other members of the community, who had a great deal to do with the bond, joined CMR for the groundbreaking:
Jan Cahill, the GFPS board chair was there along with assistant superintendent.of secondary schools Tom Moore and assistant superintendent for K-6 Ruth Uecker.
Tables were lined with green and gold hardhats that were given to individuals who took part in the first shoveling of dirt. Student body president Nico Sanchez was in the front of the line to start the dig. "I hope that in this new building, people will take advantage of it," said Sanchez. He wants more room for the students to reach their full potential. "Go Rustlers!" said Sanchez bringing the afternoon to close.