Vancouver Public Schools will name its downtown elementary school Vancouver Innovation, Technology and Arts Elementary School, or VITA for short.
The name was suggested by Vancouver eighth-grader Seneca Christie, who added that vita is the Latin word for “life.”
“Isn’t the main point of school to bring your ideas to life?” Seneca wrote in her proposal. “Personally, I think that the idea of having an elementary school with such a powerful name is wonderful, because elementary school students are so full of life, that it would be wonderful to be able to display that to the community.”
VITA will be located behind the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Operations Center at 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd., across from Hudson’s Bay High School. Construction is slated to start January 2020 with plans to open the school in the fall of 2021.