Anne McCormick Sullivan Elementary Honors Fallen Firefighter And Local Graduate
Dedication Ceremony Held for FBISD’s New School
Fort Bend ISD held a dedication ceremony for its newest elementary school – Anne McCormick Sullivan Elementary – on Oct 16 in Riverstone.
Sullivan Elementary, which openedin August, is named in honor of Anne Sullivan, a Dulles High School graduate who died in the line of duty. Sullivan and three fellow firefighters died on May 31, 2013 when a roof collapsed at the Southwest Inn motel fire in Houston.
Sullivan Elementary parents, students, staff and community members joined Sullivan’s family for the special ceremony. Several hundred people attended the dedication, including many firefighters from various departments, such as the Houston Fire Department.
The ceremony began with a procession by the Houston Fire Department’s Pipes and Drums, followed by the presentation of colors from the Houston Fire Department Color Guard. The ceremony also included a performance of the song Superheroes by Sullivan Elementary’s Engine 68 Singers and a tribute by Sullivan’s friend Cliff Gregory from Houston Fire Department Station 76. U.S. Representative Pete Olson also attended the ceremony to present the school with an American flag that was flown over the nation’s capital in honor of Sullivan and the school.
FBISD Superintendent Charles Dupre and Board President Kristin Tassin made remarks at the ceremony.
“This campus is more than just a structure, it’s a community gathering place,” said Tassin. “We’ve created a place where children and adults work productively to become lifelong learners and contributing citizens. May it serve our community with pride – and may it exist to inspire and equip all students to pursue futures beyond what they can imagine for many years to come.”
Sullivan Principal Donna Whisonant spoke of her commitment to keeping Sullivan’s memory alive by sharing her story with students.“No child will exit these doors without the knowledge and inspiration of Anne Sullivan,” Whisonant said.
Following the ceremony, staff members conducted tours of the new campus. built to serve 1,200 students. Sullivan Elementary is FBISD’s 47th elementary school, and the first of four elementary schools funded by the 2014 bond program. It is Riverstone’s first on-site campus.