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Manteca Bulletin - California U.S.A.
School cornerstones installed
15 Sep 2005
Three Ceres schools were presented cornerstones Saturday by the Ceres Masonic Lodge in a dedication ceremony held at Central Valley High School.
The grand ceremony included the presentation of the symbolic cornerstones for Central Valley High School, and Sinclear and Adkison elementary schools. The 12" x 24" granite tablets will be placed at each school site with a time capsule buried beneath them.
The ceremonial dedication and laying of cornerstones has been performed for many centuries at school, city halls, and other such public buildings. The cornerstones were traditionally the first stone laid in the construction of a new building. It would be placed at the north east corner of building, and be properly squared, leveled and adjusted to provide a solid foundation. The cornerstones symbolize the freedom of society and education.
"The Free Masons are believers in education and a well educated population to have the opportunities to be independent participants in society," stated Grand Master David R. Doan.
The Masonic Foundation of California presented each school principal, Fred Van Vleck, Connie Stark, and John Christiansen with a $1,000 award for each school site.
In 50 years, the time capsules of each school will be opened to reveal the many items placed within them. CVHS included such items as a football jersey, photos, and a school campus map. Adkison Elementary School included items such as a cell phone, a Time magazine, #2 pencil, and ballpoint pen. Sinclear Elementary School included a student T-shirt, a Ceres Courier from the first day of school, and construction photos.
A complete list of items is available at each school site office.