The information for this news item was taken from an article written by Sydney Cyrus of the Chasse Building Team.
Belen Soto Elementary School had their Cornerstone Ceremony on January 9th. The guest of honor was Mrs. Belen Soto Moreno, her husband Rudy, and other family members. Also in attendance were Litchfield Elementary School District Governing Board members, LESD Administrators, local City Government officials, Litchfield Park Historical Society Members, LESD staff, future Belen Soto students, and community members. Attendees were able to hear from Litchfield Elementary School District’s Superintendent Jodi Gunning, Board Member Kimberly Moran, Belen Soto Elementary Planning Principal Courtney Frazier, Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord, and Arizona State University Past President Dr. Lattie Coor. Guests were also able to view a presentation about Belen Soto’s compelling story.
Above pictures, Top to Bottom Right: Attendees at the Cornerstone Event; Attendees writing advice to future Belen Soto Elementary Students; the Chasse Building Team with LESD Superintendent, Jodi Gunning, Planning Principal Courtney Frazier, and LESD Board Member Kimberly Moran.
Everyone then had the opportunity to participate in putting cement on the cornerstone for Belen Soto Elementary School.
Above pictures, Top to Bottom: The Cornerstone Ceremony; Participants laying cement on the cornerstone: Barry Chasse, Planning Principal Courtney Frazier’s son, and Belen Soto Moreno.
Belen Soto Elementary School is the 16th elementary school in the Litchfield elementary School District. The school pays homage to Litchfield Park’s roots. Belen Soto Moreno grew up in Camp 54 of Goodyear Farms, near the current location of her future namesake school on Goodyear’s master-planned community called Sedella. Graduating as Valedictorian from Litchfield High School in 1954, Belen Soto was the first Southwest Valley-based Mexican-American to graduate college. It is very fitting that LESD named their newest elementary school after Belen Soto. Belen Soto Moreno earned her degree in teaching at Arizona State College, now known as Northern Arizona University. She went on to become a teacher for Litchfield Elementary School District’s neighboring school district, Avondale Elementary School District.
Above pictures: Attendees at the Cornerstone Event
Not only does this new school have deep historical roots, it also represents the diverse community within its boundaries, and hopes to be a beacon of possibilities for its students. The school is currently under construction with a majority of the masonry work finished and steel beams in place. It is set to open for the 2019-2010 school year.
The 16th school for Litchfield Elementary School District is inspired by Verrado Heritage Elementary School. Belen Soto Elementary will be a two-story, 85,000 square feet, energy efficient school. Features include innovative learning spaces, a special area building with a gymnasium, music room, art room and science lab, a media center, baseball, softball and soccer fields, as well as additional spaces for future needs.
For more information on Belen Soto Elementary School follow the links below:
Belen Soto LESD webpage: http://www.lesd.k12.az.us/17/Profile
Belen Soto Elementary School Facebook Page