Little faces were in happy places as chorus students sang Christmas songs during Open House at Mildred B. Poole Elementary School Open, Dec. 8, in Linden Oaks.
The school, named for the former superintendent who integrated Fort Bragg schools many years ahead of surrounding area schools, will educate students in grades kindergarten to fifth grade and is set to open Jan. 2, 2018.
At the open house, parents and youth listened to the choral presentation, received information about bus transportation, familiarized themselves with the school’s layout, interacted with technology and were allowed to purchase spirit-wear gear and decals.
The community chose Pathfinders as its name, said Dr. Diane Brown, principal.
“Mildred B. Poole was a woman ahead of her time, so she was a pacesetter,” Brown said. “It aligns itself with the military.”
She added that the 21st Century School will focus on ensuring college and career readiness, collaborative learning and promoting real-world connectivity. Its integrated instructional model will allow students to guide their own learning in an open-learning environment. Before its opening, students attended other elementary schools in Linden Oaks.
Capt. Tanrea and Quandra Johnson listened as their daughter, Taniya, a Poole third grader, sang in the chorus. Another daughter, Tianna, will attend the school as a first grader.
Tanrea, who is assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, said he hopes his daughter continues her record of being a good student.
“I just want her to continue to do what she’s doing even though she’s in a new facility,” he said. “She’s been making good grades and behaving well.”
Cathy Nickelson, a media technician, said the school is set up as a neighborhood, so Pathfinders can “discover” different adventures. For instance, one neighborhood promotes adaptability, which the students are already familiar with having been assigned to other schools in Linden Oaks, she explained.
“Every station is something educational,” Nickelson said.