Roosevelt kids at center of school groundbreaking

BRIDGEPORT — It was perhaps the most festive – and most colorful — school groundbreaking I’ve ever seen. While the symbolic throwing of dirt to signify the start of a project is usually an adults-only affair, the groundbreaking for the new Roosevelt School was attended by the students themselves.

And they definitely stole the show. Politicians directly addressed the kids in every speech, the Roosevelt band performed the National Anthem, while the choir sang an adorable song telling their Bridgeport peers to “Reach” high.

The kids even brought along their school namesake — well a teddy bear representing Teddy Roosevelt.

The new 82,000 square foot, two-story school will include a new cafeteria, gymnasium, playgrounds and a new soccer field at its former location on the corner of Park Avenue and Prospect Street.

The school was designed by Antinozzi Associates of Bridgeport and Fusco Corp., will provide construction management services. The school is slated to cost $32 million, with the state paying 80 percent.

Keila Torres Ocasio