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A holiday party at the Cannon Beach Academy

A few months after the first day of school, academy welcomes community at grand opening ceremony
By Brenna Visser

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 6, 2017 2:16PM

Last changed on December 8, 2017 11:19AM

Community members wait for the ribbon cutting at the grand opening of the Cannon Beach Academy.

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Community members wait for the ribbon cutting at the grand opening of the Cannon Beach Academy.

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Mayor Sam Steidel speaks to the crowd at the grand opening of the Cannon Beach Academy.

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Mayor Sam Steidel speaks to the crowd at the grand opening of the Cannon Beach Academy.

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Community members watch as a class is being held at the grand opening of the Cannon Beach Academy.

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Community members watch as a class is being held at the grand opening of the Cannon Beach Academy.

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Students wave back at Bruce St. Denis, the new city manager of Cannon Beach, at the grand opening of the Cannon Beach Academy.

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Students wave back at Bruce St. Denis, the new city manager of Cannon Beach, at the grand opening of the Cannon Beach Academy.

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Mayor Sam Steidel, Cannon Beach Academy Board President Kellye Dewey and Executive Director Amy Moore cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Cannon Beach Academy.

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Mayor Sam Steidel, Cannon Beach Academy Board President Kellye Dewey and Executive Director Amy Moore cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Cannon Beach Academy.

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Dozens from the community came out to celebrate Cannon Beach Academy’s official grand opening Tuesday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting and tour of the building.

Visitors wandered through the halls and watched as classes continued to take place. Some even joined the first- and second-graders in a pop-up art activity.

While the charter school opened in September officially, Executive Director Amy Moore said the Chamber of Commerce approached her about having an event to formally recognize the brand-new school.

“I’m just glad people can come and see what our kids are doing, to see all of what we worked so hard for,” Moore said. “There are a lot of new faces here, which is nice to see.”

During the ribbon cutting, Kellye Dewey, the president of the academy’s board, thanked everyone for the four years of volunteering and fundraising it took to open the charter school at the former Preschool and Children’s Center after Cannon Beach Elementary School was closed in 2013.

“This building was meant to have children learning and laughing in it,” Dewey said.

Mayor Sam Steidel also celebrated the opening of the school, recalling some of the struggles it took to get to this point.

“I’m just so happy we have this place, and these kids,” Steidel said. “It’s a beautiful day — let’s enjoy it.”









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