Hurt Park Celebration
Posted on 08/16/2017
Group picture of teachers from Hurt Park Elementary"It's like a brand new school," proclaimed one Hurt Park Elementary student.  The Hurt Park community came together for a cookout and celebration.  It was a chance for parents and students to meet the new principal and tour the newly renovated school.  The upgrades include new paint, carperting, furniture, technology, musical instruments, and much more.

More than 100 people came out for the celebration at the school.  It included Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea, Roanoke City Council, the School Board, Superintendent Bishop, Principal Regina Gregory, and the staff of Hurt Park Elementary.


Picture of the new mural featured on a wall near the student entrance at Hurt Park ElementaryHUrt Park student standing in front of the new Smart Board


Hurt Park Elementary is named after Welford Hurt, the first African American from Roanoke to die in World War II.  Many of his descendants were on hand to help rededicate the school.  They traveled from places like Washington, D.C. and Florida.


Welford Hurt's picture hanging on the wall of the schoolWelford Hurt's nephew with Mayor Lea, Superintendent Bishop, and Principal Gregory


The celebration also included a ribbon cutting for the new Hurt Park gym.  Construction is scheduled to begin later this fall.  We thank SodexoMAGIC for preparing and serving the food for the cookout, the Patrick Henry High School Drum Line for entertaining the crowds, and Journey Connection Church for providing inflatables for kids.

Principal Gregory and Assistant Principal Mr. Rosser holding a ceremonial picture frameFour Hurt Park teachers holding a ceremonial picture frameHurt Park student putting ketchup on a hot dogHurt Park student sitting on a bean bag chair




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