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Celebrating St. Clement

Mayor Bill Euille reads aloud a city proclamation declaring that the week of Dec. 3 is now be know as St. Clement Week in Alexandria.

Mayor Bill Euille reads aloud a city proclamation declaring that the week of Dec. 3 is now be know as St. Clement Week in Alexandria. Photo by Louise Krafft.

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St. Clement Church rector, the Rev. John Hortum, opens of celebration gift made by the students of the school in honor of the 60th anniversary of the school.

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St. Clement head of school Nancy Lavalle Underwood, Mayor Bill Euille, Dory Herman and the Rev. John Hortum.

The 68 students at St. Clement preschool and junior kindergarten donned their togas and headed down the hall to lunch on Tuesday, Dec. 4. A special meal and celebration awaited them. Mayor Bill Euille arrived and read a proclamation declaring that from now on, the week of Dec. 3 is designated St. Clement Week. Born in Athens in 150, he became known as a major Greek-speaking thinker of the early Christian church. After much traveling, Clement went to Alexandria, Egypt where he taught in a catechetical school until his death around 211~216. The St. Clement Episcopal School on Quaker Lane was founded in 1952 as a church-operated preschool. Today it offers an all-inclusive preschool and kindergarten and extended day care for the local community.