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Pasco School District Breaks Ground on New STEM School

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PASCO, WA - The Pasco School District broke ground on one of its new STEM schools Thursday morning. 

In a ceremony to recognize the construction on Marie Curie Elementary, board members and students added dirt and water to a potted bush, which will be planted at the new school. 

Principal Valerie Aragon says the STEM schools will give students the knowledge they need for the future."STEM is so important because our world is changing," Aragon said. "Our kids need to be prepared to work in the 21st century in a society of science, technology, engineering and mathematics." 

Future students, like 8-year-old Lilanna Delgado agree. "It's important to learn different things, each day and all the time," she said. 

Since construction on Marie Curie Elementary began last week, Thursday's ceremony happened across the street at the corner of California Avenue and Broadway Street in Pasco. When the school opens in the fall of 2015, between 750 and 900 students will be able to attend.