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Community sees new Sunrise Elementary School up close during grand opening event

Sunrise ribbon cutting (09/20/19) More than 150 members of the community, students and their parents/guardians, school staff, district leaders, and other guests helped celebrate the completion of the new Sunrise Elementary School in Blaine Sept. 19 during an official grand opening celebration.

Outside, in the warm, cloudless sun, the Blaine High School marching band and cheerleaders performed for attendees before Superintendent David Law spoke to the crowd, thanking the community for supporting Anoka-Hennepin through investing in the district and its schools by approving the 2017 Fit for the Future referendum, which made construction of Sunrise possible. 

Then, Anoka-Hennepin School Board Vice Chair Marcy Anderson cut the ceremonial ribbon, officially opening the school, which was completed earlier in the summer, well in time for students to begin the 2019-20 school year. (Check out a video introducing Sunrise to the community, and see photos from the grand opening event.)

Once inside, many students who just began school a few weeks ago were pulling their parents by the hand leading them around and showing them their favorite things about Sunrise, from the media center to their very own classrooms. Guests also had a chance to meet and chat with staff, tour the building and grounds, learn more about the Sunrise PTO group, and enjoy ice cream provided by Blaine’s Big Dipper Creamery.

A similar grand opening event will be held at Sunrise’s new sister school, Brookside Elementary School in Ramsey, from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 17003 Nowthen Blvd.

The two new schools, as well as a number of high school construction projects, are the result of community support to address facility and class size challenges across the district. More information is available at