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New elementary school to be named for Virginia Cross

Posted Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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Siler City, NC - The Chatham County Board of Education, during a meeting on Monday, March 28, voted to name the new elementary school being built in Siler City in honor of Virginia Cross, a longtime Siler City educator who still lives in the town. Following the meeting a group of Board members, central office staff, and Siler City Elementary Principal Angie Brady-Andrew visited Mrs. Cross to share the news with her.

The Board took nominations for a month earlier in the year to assist in naming the school. Using the nominations submitted, over eighty, a committee comprised of individuals associated with Siler City Elementary School narrowed the list and gave suggestions to the Board for consideration.

The school will be located off Alston Bridge Road just outside the city limits of Siler City. The track is forty-six acres of rolling hills with streams and with a hardwood forest. Virginia Cross Elementary School will open in the fall of 2007. Siler City Elementary School, on the west side of Siler City, will remain open.

Cross spent her entire teaching career as a third grade teacher in Chatham County Schools. After graduating from Meredith College in 1941, she began teaching at Moncure School, where she lived in the teacherage. After two years, Cross moved to Paul Braxton School in Siler City where she continued to teach third grade. In 1977 students moved into a new elementary school. Cross was a part of the move and taught at Siler City Elementary School until her retirement in June of 1993. Not one to be away from education for long, Cross returned to the school as a reading volunteer until health issues forced her to stop for a time.

On Tuesday morning, Cross talked about how the tribute is overwhelming to her. She noted that it pleases her most that she is being able to honor her parents and the values they instilled in her and her siblings by their own example.

“It's been a good journey. I won't forget it and I'd like to continue when I can. It's my life,” said Cross.

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