The Pattison Elementary School in Milford held a bell dedication ceremony June 3.
The new bell, which was acquired by official Clermont County town crier Bill Knepp on a recent vacation to Branson, Missouri, was presented to the elementary school by the Milford-Miami Glen performing Arts amidst much pomp and circumstance.
“It is the pleasure and the honor of the Milford/Miami Glen organization and your town crier to present what we hope is the first of many school bells that we wish to present to the Milford School District,” Knepp said to those assembled.
When Pattison Elementary opened five years ago, principal Gregg Curless approached Knepp with the idea of acquiring a bell for the school.
After searching long and hard for an appropriate bell, Knepp said that he found the perfect bell in a Missouri antique store.
"The bell has been a prominent symbol since our nation's founding," Knepp said. "And this new bell in the school district should play a big part in our lives."
Town Crier Knepp is on a personal crusade to obtain a similar bell for every school in the Milford School District, he said.
Knepp said that he hopes the bell, which has been placed outside near the school's playground, inspires the students to achieve academic excellence.
"We hope that every day you hear the bell ring, you will come forth and be ready for the education that you are about to receive," Knepp said. "We have now brought the bell here today and dedicated it to Pattison - the rest, as they say, is history."
The bell dedication ceremony included remarks by Knepp and Curless, songs by the Mrs. O'Malley's first grade class, a sixth grade song, jugglers, and an acceptance of the bell by Pattison Elementary student principal of the day Paige Ross, who had the honor of being the first to ring the new bell.
"Ringing the bell for the first time was very special," Ross said. "And very cool."