Elmhurst Elementary's new gym is unveiled

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at Elmhurst Elementary School, 1815 W. Berkley Road, this afternoon (Nov. 6, 2017) celebrated the school's new multipurpose room.

The 6,100-square-foot addition includes a new gym, restrooms and storage.

Students will use the space for physical education, play and athletic events, and the school also will host assemblies, meetings and community events there.

Elmhurst, a K-5 school which opened its doors in 1955, had been the only school in the Pitt County Schools system without a gym.

The project was funded by the Pitt County Board of Commissioners. Elmhurst also held fund-raising events, including an annual 5K run.

The school broke ground for the addition in early March 2017.

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, thanks were extended to the Pitt County Board of Education, Pitt County Board of Commissioners, architect Jimmy Hite (an Elmhurst alum) of Hite and Associates, Doug Chesson of Chesson Construction Company, and the citizens of Pitt County along with Elmhurst students and staff.

Students released balloons and sang the Elmhurst song ("Rah rah rah rah for dear old Elmhurst...") before visitors toured the new facility.

Colleen Burt is principal of Elmhurst.