Ribbon Cutting welcomes Shorecrest’s youngest Chargers to the Mike Murphy Experiential School

by: Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
The morning of March 18 was an exciting one for Shorecrest’s Alpha and Junior Kindergarten students and their families as The Experiential School of Tampa Bay settled into its permanent home in the Mike Murphy Experiential School building.

On the first day back from Spring Break, faculty, staff, Experiential School students and families gathered for a celebration to acknowledge this special moment and to highlight the value placed on community-building and family engagement.

Breakfast catered by SAGE Dining started the morning’s festivities, which allowed the students and families to get a first taste of the cuisine offered in the Charger Commons dining rooms.

The breakfast was followed by some time on the new playground, and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting in front of the doors to the new Mike Murphy Experiential School.

“It has been so exciting to be a part of the process in designing innovative spaces that will allow children to thrive, wonder, play and learn,” shared Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of the Experiential School of Tampa Bay, during the ribbon-cutting. “As you enter this building, know that every decision made to create this environment had children at its core with child development, growth and best practices in mind. How wonderful that this is a school of our own imagination and making.”

Headmaster Mike Murphy added, “I am thankful for the collective efforts of the faculty, staff, and administration who played active roles in planning and preparing the new Experiential School indoor and outdoor spaces. Every decision made had student learning and growth at its core.”

Mr. Murphy and a selection of enthusiastic student representatives from each Experiential School class stepped up to cut into a large-bowed ribbon, stretched across the new school entrance. Before guests entered into the classrooms for the first time to enjoy a commemorative art experience, Mr. Murphy shared with the students, “Take care of the school and take care of each other. We hope you love being in this new school.”

During the February Milestone Celebration, Transform’s earliest donors, Tom Andrews and Jennifer Vesper, and the Sher and Conroy families, revealed their collective decision to honor Headmaster Mike Murphy as the namesake of the section of the building that houses The Experiential School of Tampa Bay. Providing a state-of-the art space for the youngest of the Shorecrest community has long been a major initiative for Mr. Murphy.

View photos and video clips from the morning here.

View a video of the ribbon cutting here:


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