In 2015 our awesome community voted "yes" to investing in the future of our students here at Burkburnett ISD. A large piece of the bond was building a new school to house many of BISD's 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders while utilizing Hardin Elementary for some 6th grade classes and the Central Administration offices.
John G. Hardin was a poor farmer when he came to North Texas in 1879. By astute management of his resources, he became a wealthy man by 1900. He was a millionaire before the famous oil boom came to increase his wealth. During the Great Depression of the 1930's, John Hardin gave $6 million to save colleges, a hospital, several orphanages and churches, the City of Burkburnett, and the Burkburnett schools. He was the perfect example of a Christian who invested his talents for the greater good of the greatest number of his fellow humans. In the use of his wealth, John G. Hardin set of perfect example of how -- "Not to die when you die."
On May 24th we had the John G. Hardin Decommissioning Ceremony. During the ceremony we discussed the history of the school and where it got it's name from. We know our students will miss Hardin, but we can't wait for our students to start learning in Overton Ray Elementary.
Thank you to Mr. Robb Stephenson and his students at BHS for putting together this commemorative video about Hardin Elementary!
Photos from the Hardin Decommissioning Ceremony.