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Armstrong students and staff standing around the LOVE letters

Armstrong School for the Arts unveils LOVE letters

Students, staff, parents and community members attended a celebration recently to unveil the new LOVE letters in front of Armstrong School for the Arts. The metal letters are similar to those LOVE letters erected in tourism spots across Virginia. Armstrong students painted the letters.

group of students singingSandi Dianna, a second grade teacher at Armstrong, helped coordinate the celebration, which featured student-led poetry and songs. The event also paid tribute to the Phillips family, who donated materials and time to the project. According to Dianna, the Phillips family has a legacy with Armstrong that extends over 70 years with three generations, beginning with Mrs. Robert (Ann Lockwood) Phillips, and ending with Mary Catherine Phillips. Ann Phillips attended Armstrong in the late 1930s, and Mary Catherine finished Armstrong in 2016. Ann Phillips’ sons and grandchildren attended Armstrong.

In her closing remarks at the event, Principal Millicent Rogers thanked the Phillips family and talked about how the LOVE letters represent the students, the love of the arts and the love of the Hampton community.

The Armstrong LOVE letters have been recognized by the Virginia Tourism website, which has posted a picture of the letters here:
https://www.virginia.org/Listings/TheArts/LOVEworkatArmstrongSchoolfortheArts

Armstrong opened in 1922. It is a choice school with an integrated program that incorporates visual arts, music, drama, and dance into the four core subject areas of English, math, science and social studies.


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