Aurelia Cole Academy that sits on the former site of Clermont High School and most recently Clermont Middle School had its grand opening on Wednesday, July 26th to great fanfare! Aurelia Cole passed away in 2018 but she left a lasting legacy in education. Aurelia Cole was a Christian and an educator. She absolutely loved children and she would have loved to see this grand opening happen today.
(Each and every morning the students will get to see Aurelia Cole Academy as they walk into school. Although she passed away in 2018 Aurelia Cole will forever be remembered for her service to our community.)
The new K-8 school is the pinnacle of Elementary and Middle Schools throughout the state of Florida. This building is absolutely incredible. The students who will be learning at Aurelia Cole Academy will certainly be in for a treat when they walk through those doors in a few weeks time!
The academy has that new school smell. The rooms still smell of fresh paint. The desks have never been used. The whiteboards have never been drawn on. Aurelia Cole Academy is incredible. From the first moment you step through those doors, you feel everything that Aurelia Cole meant to this area of Florida. She embodies the very spirit that this school is built upon.
(One of the many rooms that takes advantage of natural lighting. Decreasing the amount of energy needed to light up rooms. The school takes advantage of natural lighting in many common room areas.)
As the years come and go while thousands of children call this Academy their school, one thing is for certain. Aurelia Cole’s legacy will live on with touches of her memory within the school walls. The first thing those kids see every morning as they pull up to the Academy is the massive sign that says Aurelia Cole Academy. We hope these kids are inspired by her and the stories that people tell of her.
(Aurelia Cole’s family was impressed with the new school.)
We hope that one day children who are taught here, give back to the community as she did. With the rate of how Clermont and Groveland are growing, perhaps there will be other programs named for some of the very students attending Aurelia Cole Academy.
At Aurelia Cole Academy the children will have one of the most state of the art, technologically advanced schools to ever open in the United States. One of the things we noticed when attending the opening was just how much natural light comes into the building. The thought is that Aurelia Cole was always such a bright personality and inspiration. The windows will allow Mrs. Cole to look down from the heavens and peer into the classrooms, offering a guiding light to the students whose journey is just beginning.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the construction process and we wish the faculty the best of luck as they head into the first year of Aurelia Cole Academy!
Photos Provided By:
Roxanne Batriz Brown