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Two new elementary schools open in Richmond

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

For the first time in 14 years, Richmond Public School leaders came together to celebrate the opening of two new schools.

Oak Grove-Bellemeade and Broad Rock Elementary Schools began classes in new facilities Wednesday with river and forest themes, outdoor learning spaces, community wings, and other amenities.

"I just like how open it is now, and the colors and the scenery. I saw it when I came in. Also, the big hallways. The other hallways were smaller at the other location," said Angela Stewart, a mother of a third-grade student at Oak Grove- Bellemeade.

Parents and students at both schools commented on the buildings colors, brilliant yellows and blues. The colors seemed to guide them to new and exciting areas, like music areas and the commons. The buildings are filled with technological treasures, too.

"A lot of glass, and I like how there is a bridge, and the tables, and the rooms. I just like it all," said Nazeir Roberts, a fifth grade student at Broad Rock Elementary.

Richmond Public Schools superintendent Dr. Yvonne Brandon seemed just as excited as the students. She said this was the biggest day of her career.

"Our children have been in a state of having to learn by way of patching through technology in order to bring them up to the 21st century. This is already included in the architectural design, so it's extremely important that they will have 21st century skills and they will be learning those 21st century skills along with all the 21st century technology innovations that their teachers will have at their grasp in order to teach the children," said Dr. Brandon.

These two schools are the newest additions to the Richmond Public School System since 1998.

Both schools have the highest green certification in Richmond.

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