Soto School grand opening on Aug. 28

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The Victoria Soto School will open on Friday, Aug. 28. — Contributed photo

Stratford residents will celebrate the grand opening of the new Victoria Soto School with a ceremony on Friday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m.

Soto School, which will host students in kindergarten through the second grade, was originally known as Honeyspot House. It was renamed Victoria Soto School by the Town Council on Jan. 14.

Soto, after graduating from Stratford High School and earning her bachelor’s degree in both education and history at Eastern Connecticut State University, pursued a career in education as a first grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. She courageously gave her life on Dec. 14, 2012 while protecting her students during a gunman’s attack on the school.

Vicki Soto

Vicki Soto

Soto’s courage, dedication and self-sacrifice demonstrate strength of character and extraordinary commitment to her students of the highest magnitude.

The new elementary school on the campus of Stratford Academy is constructed to provide a quality education to students of the same age as those that Victoria Soto gave her life protecting.

History of the area reflects that part of the Avon Trotting Park ran through the site where the new school sits; therefore, the kindergarten playground has a race track for tricycles. It is rumored that a Curtiss bi-plane flew from this site to New Haven in just under 12 minutes in the early 1900’s.

The three classroom wings of the school have ceilings that lift up and have an airfoil section to allow for natural daylight deep in the spacious sections of the school. The classroom wings will house spaces such as a gym, café, art and music room facing the Courtyard.

 

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