Stillwater News Press

January 23, 2013

Will Rogers Elementary School celebrates construction

By Mark Rountree
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Approximately 500 elementary students jammed into a small school courtyard and burst out in their song school Wednesday afternoon.

School spirit was alive and well at Will Rogers Elementary School.

The children had reason to celebrate.

Along with teachers, faculty, staff and administrators, the students watched as iron workers installed a 27-foot, 300-pound steel beam during a “topping out” ceremony.

Students had autographed the red beam prior to the event and watched as it was hoisted by a large crane into position. The beam was adorned with an American and Oklahoma state flag. A Christmas tree, attached to the middle of the beam, was decorated with ornaments created by the students.

“This is a very exciting time,” said Will Rogers Principal Cherron Ukpaka.

Construction manager Gregg Lambert said construction of the new building is approximately 45 to 50 percent completed.

Ukpaka said she is confident the Sept. 6 completion date will be met.