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Montana Freemason Grand Lodge DeMdaiyc2a0t1e4s School AdditionVolume 90 Number 2

                                   Justyna Tomtas, Clark Fork Valley Press

                                                      out the recorded history of the
                                                      educational system in Plains, which
                                                      began in 1884.

                                                         The bulk of the ceremony was
                                                      preparing the cornerstone - a stone
                                                      that symbolizes the “foundation and
                                                      the future.” The stone, provided from
                                                      a local quarry, was symbolically laid
                                                      on the corner of the foundation after
                                                      it underwent ancient customs. The
                                                      stone will later be displayed with a
                                                      plaque as part of the school.

   Fifty years in the making was completed in            The rituals included measuring the stone,
less than an hour as the Plains Elementary School     ensuring it was true and ideal for placement. Once
addition received a rare honor. Officers of the       measurements of the stone were completed, the
Grand Lodge of Montana helped dedicate the school     stone was consecrated with corn for nourishment,
building in a public ceremony. Superintendent of      wine for refreshment and oil for peace and joy.
Schools and Grand Master of Masons in Montana,
Thom Chisholm presided over the dedication.              “(The new addition) will help alleviate the problem
                                                                       - the nickname that we have of the
   On a brisk, breezy afternoon,                                       Wildhorse Elementary - calling it the
his officers traveled from all over                                    Wildhorse Island because the teachers
Montana to dedicate the building for                                   and the students felt so isolated over
future generations to come. “It’s not                                  there,” Chisholm explained.
too often that we get to dedicate a                                        The project encompasses the wants
public building that’s being built from                                and wishes of board members in the
the ground up,” Chisholm stated.                                       past. According to Chisholm, the new
                                                                       addition has been in the process for
   The first building dedicated in                                     50 years or so.
Montana was in 1872 and Chisholm                                           “For the past many years, (the
was happy to bring the historic                                        Wildhorse Elementary School) served
ceremony to Plains for all to see.                                     this community and this new design
“Today we have assembled here at the                                   here is fulfilling a goal of former
Plains Elementary School to continue                                   board members to transition over to
this tradition that has lasted over 100                                this new campus,” Chisholm said.
years. It’s been a time honored custom                                     He stated the idea for a combined
of the Grand Lodge Ancient Free
and Accepted Masons of Montana, “                     campus originated in the 50s and 60s.
Chisholm stated.                                         “It is a life changing proposition for this community.

   Plains School Board Trustees Chairman Ron          The children and teachers are yet to understand the
Warren was tasked with reading a brief history on     implications, the positive implications, that are about
the importance the Masons have placed on education    to happen,” Chisholm stated. “No longer will they be
throughout their time as an organization.             isolated near Highway 200, we will all be together
                                                      in one unified building, on unified principle, one
   A record of the dedication was written and was     unified set of order.”
confirmed that it was safely stored within the Grand
Lodge’s archives. As a surprise, Chisholm brought

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