Oakwood School celebrated the opening of the Gwendolyn Riches Liberal Arts Center on Monday, August 19, 2019, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Students, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce members, and other honored guests, gathered in the expanded quad outside the impressive new building.
Head of School Michelle Helvey welcomed the community on what was a very momentous day for Oakwood. She thanked all who participated in the campaign over the past year through various fundraising efforts in support of the Spreading Our Roots campaign.
The Liberal Arts Center, a two-story addition to the campus, houses state-of-the-art innovation in the form of a 200 seat theater, green room, dressing rooms, a Makers Lab, a student center, and many new classrooms and visual and performing arts spaces. The addition was made possible in part through the generosity of the school's community of donors including parents, alumni, trustees, grandparents, and friends.
Mrs. Helvey thanked Larry Kent of Kent Construction, MJR Electric, Trinchero Construction, and Val's Plumbing. Along with their amazing crews, they have made construction of the building and the Upper School Gymnasium as smooth as possible.
The Oakwood community looked on as Michelle Helvey officially cut the red ribbon with an oversized pair of scissors, marking the opening of the Liberal Arts Center and the 2019-2020 school year.