MADERA – On what would have been her 83rd birthday, community volunteer Virginia Lee Rose was honored yesterday by the Madera Unified School District with a ribbon cutting for the school that bears her name. Dignitaries from the district, city of Madera, local politicians and the honor guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars filled the outdoor amphitheater with all of the students of the school to witness the opening..
Virginia Lee Rose Elementary is a $32 million facility. The school is designed to accommodate up to 850 students and has been paid through funds from the passage of Measure U. Before the ribbon cutting there was a thirty-minute Knights of the Rose school parade where students walked around campus with artwork they created for the event.
The newest school in MUSD sits on a 15 acre lot and consists 71,696 sq. ft of buildings in the four classroom wings with interior corridors and a preschool building, Rose Hall which houses the cafeteria and a state of the art music room and an administration building that includes the media center and lab classrooms.
Mrs. Rose passed away on July 12, 2014 but her family was on hand to share in the celebration honoring this woman that meant so much to the community of Madera.
All Photos by Jack W Porter, Jr.