Students at Madison’s Trust Elementary School sang, danced and did their best “caw caw” this morning.
The fun was had at a dedication ceremony formally welcoming the county’s newest school into the Loudoun County Public Schools family. The event also came with a big announcement: Principal David Stewart said the votes had been tallied and the name of the school mascot had been chosen.
“It’s Max the Mighty Macaw,” he said, prompting loud cheers from the kids who packed the gymnasium.
“That’s the name I voted for,” fifth-grader Faizan shouted.
But the students’ response to the mascot name was mild compared to their reaction to another big surprise. Minutes later, Dave Kramer, of DJ Feathers Aviary in Chantilly, walked onto the stage with his macaw, named Lola, on his shoulder. Kramer said the bird eats a lot of nuts, fruit and pizza, which got a loud laugh.
The students were also addressed by several school system leaders, including Superintendent Eric Williams and School Board member Beth Huck (At Large).
Williams told the students how their schools’ name commemorates President James Madison’s role as the “father of the constitution” and his efforts to protect the important document during the War of 1812. He brought the constitution, along with other important documents, to Loudoun. “We were special because, in the entire nation, he trusted the citizens of Loudoun County to keep the constitution safe,” he said, and he told the students they can carry on that special legacy.
Huck acknowledged several community leaders who helped make the new school possible. She said it took a lot of people working together to bring it to fruition, but that it was just a building until the students arrived in August. “It’s all of you who make it a school,” she said.
Stewart also recognized the school staff members and asked each of them to stand. “I met and interviewed each of them,” he told the students. “As far as teachers go, you have the best of the best.”
The new Madison’s Trust Elementary is Loudoun County’s 89th public school.