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Beatrice Morrow Cannady Elementary School will serve the Happy Valley/Damascus area

On May 24 North Clackamas School District officials celebrated breaking ground on Beatrice Morrow Cannady Elementary School in the Happy Valley/Damascus area.

PHOTO COURTESY: NCSD - Current students in North Clackamas schools look over the district's plans for its newest elementary school.The school will be named after Cannady (1889-1974), the first black woman to graduate from law school in Oregon, so students will be inspired by her historic efforts as a "goodwill ambassador between races."

Cannady was noted for her local civil rights activism in the early 20th century using her position as editor of The Advocate, Oregon's largest African-American newspaper at the time.

PHOTO COURTESY: NCSD - Khaliyah Williams-Rodriguez, NCSD associate director of elementary programs, and Karen Rush, executive director of elementary programs, help break ground at the new elementary school for the Happy Valley area.Last year NCSD purchased the last approximately 2.4 acres it needed for the elementary-school property for $230,000. NCSD purchased 7.96 acres on Vogel Road for $1.58 million in 2008 using money from the prior bond.

Construction on the new $36.9 million Vogel Road elementary school will continue through August 2019, officials say. The new elementary school is part of NCSD bond promises to the community when voters passed the $433 million bond in 2016.

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