|Maritime Center Groundbreaking
March 25, 2010
The Maritime Center groundbreaking attracted a large crowd on a beautiful sunny day yesterday.
Mayor McLaughlin recognized the importance of the building to the community, its new “green” design, and the jobs it brings to Richmond through local contractor Alten Construction. Martha Lee, Superintendent of Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park reviewed the historical significance of child care on the WWII Home Front and the role child care centers played in the Richmond shipyard complex. Supervisor John Gioia described the county’s role in the early head start program and the transferring of the building to the Rosie Trust.
WCCUSD Assistant Superintendent Bill Fay described the importance of the building’s asset as an educational facility for the community. Peppina Chang, CEO of Richmond College Prep Schools, introduced the school’s Children’s Choir who entertained during the ceremony and talked about the education programs to be provided in the building.
Barbara Johnson, brought greetings from Congressman George Miller and introduced her colleagues Kathy Hoffman and Latressa Alford. She discussed the importance of preserving our national treasures and acknowledged that this center will be the second national park in the nation that is also a public school, the other being Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas
Joan Davis President and CEO of the Richmond Children’s Foundation detailed the importance of the building and its relationship to the NURVE initiative and its many community partners.
I summarized all the community partners that made the project possible, including the City of Richmond, the WCCUSD, Contra Costa County, National Park Service, Richmond Children’s Foundation and Richmond College Prep Charter School.
Following is a story from KCBS with an audio clip:
New Daycare Center Honors Historic Roots