Grand Opening of Aŋpétu Téča Education Center
Join us for a celebration of the completion of Roseville Area Schools’ new building, Aŋpétu Téča Education Center!
When: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Where: Aŋpétu Téča Education Center, 1910 County Road B West, Roseville, MN 55113
The new building, located on the former site of the Fairview Community Center, is a state-of-the-art facility that will serve community members of all ages. The building is home to important programs such as Fairview Alternative High School, Roseville Area Schools Community Education and Adult Learning Center, Roseville Area Senior Program, Meals on Wheels, summer programming, prekindergarten classes, early childhood special education and the district’s Office of Educational Equity.
About the Event
We invite the community to mark the opening of Aŋpétu Téča Education Center at an event featuring a ribbon cutting and remarks from district leaders and students, traditional native drumming, singing, and dancing, tours of the building and refreshments.
Built as part of the community’s 2017 investment of $144 million in the district’s long-term facilities plan, Aŋpétu Téča Education Center is a unique building with a unique story. In September 2019, the school board of Roseville Area Schools discussed the naming of the new building at the existing Fairview Community Center site. At that time, the board expressed a desire to select a culturally appropriate name that would honor the Dakota and Ojibwe people of Minnesota and acknowledge that our schools are located on land seized from the Dakota people.
Our district American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC) was instrumental in the process of researching and suggesting an appropriate name for the building, having consulted with Dakota elders about the history of the land and the deeply important education work that occurs on the site for students of all ages. The Dakota elders prayed and reflected on the name and, with support from our AIPAC, recommended to the school board the name Aŋpétu Téča Education Center.
In the Dakota language, aŋpétu téča (pronounced aw-BET-doo TEH-cha) means “a new day.” The traditional words offer a sense of hope and movement forward together as a community.
For more information, visit isd623.org or contact Aŋpétu Téča Education Center at 651-604-3500.