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On July 1, 1982 Cortez Street School was renamed Betty Plasencia
Elementary School. Betty Plasencia was a member of the community who
cared about the community. She was raised here; she graduated from
Belmont High School, and she came to work here in 1969 as an
Mrs. Plasencia loved this school and loved this community. She worked
hard to make both the school and the community better places for
children. She helped to organize the library, block parent
associations, youth activities, and neighborhood walks for teachers to
acquaint them with the community. But most of all, she was known for
helping children and young people. It was her dream that they all grow
up to become successful adults.
Betty Plasencia was an inspiration to all who knew her. She continues
to be missed by her family and her community. It is the responsibility
of everyone to keep her dream alive. Students, come to school everyday.
Work hard. Graduate from high school. Graduate from College. Get a good
job. In doing these things, we will make Betty Plasencia's dream come
To help keep Betty PlasenciaÕs dream alive and to help everyone
remember that the school is to fain knowledge and the desire to become
a lifelong learner, one of our teachers designed and executed a
beautiful ceramic mural.
The mural contains pieces donated by students, parents, community
members, staff members, and many others. It truly contains parts of all
of us. This wonderful work greets us as we enter the school.
The artist and teacher who created the mural was Mrs. Cheryl Thomas.
Assisting Mrs. Thomas with the execution of the mural was another very
dedicated employee Mrs. Anne Norbut.