The forecast called for heavy rain, but it was a bright and sunny moment for the East Cleburne Community Center as they celebrated the grand opening of the East Cleburne Community Center Campus.
Several city, county and state officials, along with members of the community, stood along with leaders of the East Cleburne Community Center for the ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce. With the historic Santa Fe School in the background, the ECCC officially opened their new campus to the city. Following the ribbon cutting, a reception was held in the cafeteria while tours of the newly renovated annex took place.
Long time supporters, former and current ECCC program participants, original ECCC board members, government officials, local residents, chamber ambassadors, and volunteers intermingled during the celebration as they noted the changes that had taken place at the campus. Several residents that attended school at the historic Santa Fe school were also in attendance. Expressions of thanks were offered to the many individuals and organizations that assisted in the purchase of the campus and its remodel. Reverend DL Barrett was also remembered as the founder and originator of the vision for a community center in East Cleburne.
Offices for the ECCC, the Walter G. Mize Community Library, and several meeting and activity rooms are now housed in the Annex. President of the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce, Cathy Marchel, noted the ample meeting and event space at the campus available for rent.
The East Cleburne Community Center will continue to present programs and events at the ECCC campus and the Booker T. Washington Community Center. And after school tutoring program is held at the current Santa Fe Elementary School.