David Harrison Elementary School

Hi everyone,

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The other day when I was signing at Barnes & Noble a young boy stopped by with his parents. He was wearing a t-shirt that said, Harrison Huskies on it. He’s in 4th grade at the school that bears my name. Other Harrison students, present and past, also came to say hello. Each and every time I meet a young person who tells me he or she goes to Harrison I’m thrilled all over again. The school opened in 2009 so by now there are many Harrison graduates around the city and it’s not unusual for someone to tell me they used to go there.
I always visit David Harrison Elementary at least once every year and sometimes take visitors there so they can see the school. Many were there for the grand opening when I gave a speech. Kent and Jody Brown flew in from Highlights to be there. So did my pal Deanna Schuler from Warrensburg. My family was there, including my mother who was in a wheel chair by then.
In the eight years since the school opened the oldest students at the time are now seniors in high school. Soon they will be spreading their wings, flying off to college or to jobs, marriage, life. Wherever I go around town in public places, I stand a little straighter, wondering if someone in the room went to “my” school. Not many people get turned into buildings. Believe me, we buildings are always aware of the privilege we’ve been given.

5 comments on “David Harrison Elementary School

  1. The ultimate honor–to have a school named after you while you’re still alive to appreciate it! I also love that you visit the school so that students can know the man behind the name. We have a school named Eugene Field, but I’m guessing not many kids know that he was a poet, if they think about their school name at all.

    • Thank you, Jane. We have a Eugene Field school too. I drive by it often and have visited kids there on several occasions, including this school year. When I go to Harrison, I think some of the youngest children struggle with the idea that their school was named for the guy standing in front of them. Of course I love it, and I melt every time they sing the school chant for me.

  2. It is a special thing, and as Jane H. said, to have it while you can enjoy it so thoroughly is even better! All those kids, just imagine. . .

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