Young Middle School cuts the ribbon on renovated facilities

UPDATE: For more photos from this morning’s visit, click here.

Members of the Young family joined members of the Young community in helping to solidify the legacy of Jean Childs Young with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the middle school’s massive renovation. Ambassador Andrew Young joined his daughter, Andrea Young, and several other family members to remember his late wife for whom the school is named. The setting could not have been more appropriate: a 500-seat, 45,000 square foot auditorium with a state-of-the-art sound system that is the crown jewel of a year-long, $22 million renovation.

Andrea Young, executive director of the Andrew Young Foundation, gave a moving tribute to her late mother and the importance of carrying on her name in a building committed to her motto: “Every child is a gifted child.”

Other guest speakers included Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, APS Superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall, Atlanta Board of Education member Emmett D. Johnson, SRT-1 Executive Director Sharon Davis Williams, Young Principal Thomas E. Kenner, and Travis Alford – senior project manager for H.J. Russell & Company, which oversaw the renovation. The performing arts were on full display during the proceedings. The Mays High School orchestra performed for guests before and after the ceremony. Guests were treated to performances inside the auditorium by the Young Middle School Orchestra, directed by Erik Herndon; the Young Middle School Jazz Band, directed by Robert Joffrey; a dance performance by Young graduate Ashlee Rouse; a vocal selection from the Young Middle School Trio; and a poem by two Young students. Sixth-grader Aja Crosson greeted the audience, while seventh-grader Geramy Perriman introduced Andrea Young and her address.

Later in the day students shared poems, posters and letters written to the late Jean Childs Young in celebration of the day’s events.

Other renovations on the building include a refurbished gymnasium, an amphitheatre and a new football field as well as new track-and-field facilities on the 15-acre campus.

3 thoughts on “Young Middle School cuts the ribbon on renovated facilities

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  1. THAT BOY NAMED GEREMY PERRIMAN WAS SO CUTE OMG AND HE DID SUCH A GREAT JOB BEING THE M.C. FOR THE PROGRAM. I REALLY LIKE HIM AND I WANT HIS NUMBER SO IF ANY BODY GOT HIS NUMBER PLEAS E GIVE IT TO ME. YOU CAN SEND IT IN A TEXT MY NUMBER IS 404-399-4509

  2. Hi, I love your posting on “Young Middle School cuts the ribbon on renovated facilities”

    I’m glad to hear about the renovation process. May it be the best!

    Looking forward to seeing more great postings from you.

  3. I am so proud of Jean Child Young Middle School administrators, faculty and student for their excellence in education.The school is providing our children with a postive, futurist, and standard of excellence in education.

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