It was an exciting day for students community leaders in Camden Monday.
On the morning of Monday, May 7th, national, state and local leaders, as well as students, their families, teachers and members of the community, joined together for a dedication ceremony to officially reopen the historic Kipp Cooper Norcross Academy John Greenleaf Whittier Middle School building.
The building closed back in 2014 due to deteriorating conditions, but following a multimillion-dollar renovation by the Kipp Cooper Norcross Academy, it's back open to educate and inspire students for years to come.
"The work that George [Norcross] has spearheaded in Camden is recognized by the people who are benefiting from it the most, which are the mothers, and fathers, and children who are benefitting from a safer Camden, a smarter Camden, and a more prosperous Camden," said former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R)-New Jersey.
During Monday's ceremony, students read a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier, abolitionist and school namesake, and paid tribute to the late Camden County Freeholder Riletta Cream — a lifelong educator and community advocate — for her generous donation prior to her passing to help purchase books for the school.