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Media Advisory: The Harmony Grove Elementary School Renaming Celebration

Framingham Public Schools
Robert A. Tremblay, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Rochelle Santos, Media & Communications Manager
Framingham Public Schools 

** Media Advisory **

The Harmony Grove Elementary School Community will Start the School Year with a Special Renaming Celebration 

August 25, 2021 (Framingham, MA) - Members of the media are invited to join the Harmony Grove Elementary School community this Saturday, August 28th from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. for a special renaming celebration.

In May of this year the Framingham School Committee voted unanimously to rename Woodrow Wilson Elementary School as Harmony Grove Elementary School - A Global Academy. This was the result of a multiple month effort led by Framingham Public School (FPS) students in partnership with community partners.

Event Details:

  • WHAT: Renaming Celebration for Harmony Grove Elementary School

  • WHEN: Saturday, August 28, 2021 (Rain Date Monday, August 30, 2021)

  • TIME: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

  • LOCATION: Harmony Grove Elementary School, 169 Leland Street, Framingham, MA 01702

  • PARKING: Parking is available in the front lot of the school on Leland Street, as well as, in the Verizon parking lot across the street

Event Overview: The Renaming Celebration will offer various outdoor activities including a special ceremony, with live interpretation in Spanish, Portuguese, and American Sign Language.

Speakers Include:

  • Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer

  • Dr. Robert Tremblay, Superintendent of Framingham Public Schools

  • Priscila Sousa, School Committee Member, District 5

  • Purnima DeMorais, Principal of Harmony Grove Elementary School

  • Laysa Mourao, Framingham High School Student and Woodrow Wilson Elementary School Alumni

  • Laura Rankin, Assistant Director of the Framingham History Center

Event Activities:

  • There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, food, music, as well as games and activities. Backpacks with school supplies will be provided to all Harmony Grove students.

Please join us for this community celebration!
(Please plan to bring or wear face masks to ensure safety during the ceremony and/or if attendees need to enter the school.)

About Harmony Grove Elementary School - A Global Academy
Harmony Grove Elementary School has been an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) World School since June 2015. It is one of four IB PYP schools in Massachusetts and part of a network of about 2,000 IB PYP schools in over 110 countries. IB PYP schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education. Learning experiences focus on the development of the whole child as an inquirer and a life-long learner. The school values international-mindedness and students strive to demonstrate the IB Learner Profile every day. Harmony Grove Elementary School offers three strands of general education and language development in Portuguese and English through Dual Language Education, Transitional Bilingual Education, and English Immersion with Portuguese as a World Language.

About Framingham Public Schools
The mission of the Framingham Public Schools is to educate each student to learn and live productively as a critically-thinking, responsible citizen in a multicultural, democratic society by providing academically challenging instructional programs taught by highly-qualified staff and supported by comprehensive services in partnership with our entire community. For news, updates, and announcements, follow Framingham Public Schools (@FraminghamPS) on Facebook, Twitter, and (@framinghamschools) on Instagram. You can also join the conversation using #FraminghamSchools.

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