Dedication Ceremony Planned for the Earl Watson Jr. Early Childhood Center


Contact:  Tammy Dodderidge, Communications Manager, (913) 279-2225

A dedication ceremony for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools' Earl Watson Jr. Early Childhood Center will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 17. The preschool is located two blocks east of 67th Street on Waverly.

Watson, a guard with the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and a 1997 graduate of Washington High School, will be on hand for the ceremony.

The preschool is one of three buildings that formerly housed students from Hazel Grove Elementary School, before the new Hazel Grove building opened this fall. At that time, this building was transformed into a district preschool. The Board of Education approved naming the newly designated preschool site in honor of Watson during its August 27 Board of Education meeting.

Watson attended Hazel Grove during his elementary years. He was inspired by the teachers and staff in KCKPS to pursue his dreams, and to put forth the effort and commitment that it takes to be successful. His leadership, and his ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for young people to pursue their dreams in the district that educated him, demonstrate that he has never forgotten those who molded and shaped his life.

The Earl Watson Early Childhood Center serves 147 students in both morning and afternoon sessions. 

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242