BUCKEYE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- As the new school year starts for Arizona students, a Buckeye elementary school celebrates the dedication of their school in honor of the late Senator McCain. The school, John S McCain III Elementary School, is located near 247th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road and was a project developed with the help of Cindy McCain and other McCain family members.

"We are determined to have Senator McCain represented by more than his name on the front of the building. This will be a school that reverberates with his presence. His energy. His curiosity. His honor. Not as some sort of memoriam, rather, as a place where students aspire to exemplify the traits so identified with Senator McCain. A place where students could aspire to be their best selves, just like the Senator. A place that provides students a way to achieve lofty goals for themselves, their community, their state, and their country," says Dr. Cindy Wilson, Buckeye Elementary School District Superintendent.

It will feature over 20 classrooms with a gym, kitchen, food court, flex spaces, and a band/music room, in addition to multiple other spaces. The school will have a C-STEM program (Coding, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The school broke ground during the COVID-19 pandemic last year. It is designed to help students use critical thinking, social skills and learn humanities through history.

"Just as John McCain helped elevate our nation, this school hopes to help students take flight and soar to new heights. The design of the school focuses on elevating students academically, socially, and emotionally. With strong foundations in both social and academic development, the facility operates on an axis of academic and social skills kept in careful balance by a hierarchy of spaces. Focusing on the student and building outward, the school is composed of a variety of spaces with movable walls, indoor and outdoor, that open to each other and strengthen one another. All of which manifests in a facility dedicated to transparency, flexibility, and collaboration," according to a press release from the Buckeye Elementary School District.


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