Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New Elementary School Named for Children's Author

The new southwest elementary school shall henceforth be known as David Harrison Elementary School.

At Tuesday's meeting, the Springfield school board voted to name the school after Harrison, a local businessman, children's book author and literacy advocate.

David Harrison Elementary, at the corner of Weaver Road and Golden Avenue, is scheduled to open in August .

After the vote, the 30 or so people in attendance stood and clapped.

"I have no idea how to thank you enough," Harrison said after the applause died down. "I am just extremely grateful."

The name was one of three finalists presented to the board at the study session two weeks ago. Dogwood Elementary and Kildee Park were the other two.

Ultimately, the board favored David Harrison Elementary.

Harrison served on the school board from 1982-88, acting as vice president and president during his tenure. But he is perhaps best known for his children's books and promotion of reading.

He has written more than 70 books, including fiction, non fiction and poetry.

Harrison also initiated the Reading Roundup, a local fundraising campaign to stock district libraries with books.

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