CAVENDISH, Vt. – The first day of school at Cavendish Town Elementary School began with a well-attended community breakfast, opening year announcements, and a surprise dedication to former principal George Thomson.
George Thomson, who served as CTES principal for 29 years until his retirement over a year ago, was on hand merely to present years of service awards to staff members, or so he thought. He was surprised with the announcement that the multipurpose room, which also serves as the auditorium, gym and cafeteria, will now be dedicated in his honor and officially called the George O. Thomson Multi-Purpose Room.
Current CTES Principal Debra Beaupre, along with Green Mountain District School Board Chair Joseph Fromberger, presented Thomson with a large sign that will be hung above the room entrance. The packed cafeteria of students, parents, and faculty applauded and cheered enthusiastically at the announcement. Thomson’s wife Linda was also on hand to witness the dedication, having been hiding in a back room. Beneath the sign title are the words “In thanks for 29 years of service to the children of this school. Dedicated August 28, 2019.”
Beaupre said that from now on they will refer to the multipurpose room as “The Thomson Room.”
Thomson was taken completely by surprise with the announcement and very appreciative of the honor. “I can’t get over it, I’m still stunned,” he said.