Pause, rewind, fast forward: A birthday retrospective commemorating the 1867 building of the first permanent schoolhouse in San Ramon


Pause for a moment and hit rewind

photographs memories and storylines

You’ll have to go back 150 years to find

the roots of today’s celebration…


Once dreamers and schemers and pioneers

staked their claim to the future, not the past

establishing community within schoolhouse walls

with grassroots wisdom passed along

one generation to the next then the next

moment after moment in time


That’s why we gather here this day

to offer thanks to each of those

who chose to stay and build and grow

San Ramon, the place we call home

they did it with bravery faith hope and love

though they couldn’t foresee the world we now know


So while we pause to give thanks for our history

Let’s fast forward through time

to imagine our city in the next 150

the year will be twenty one sixty seven

how much will the story have changed by then?

a lifetime we can’t even fathom


Who will be our descendants,

future San Ramon city celebrants

marking time when they hit pause themselves?

they’ll give thanks and remember

how it started and grew

strengthened through time and good planning

our legacy rooted in stories unknown

past present and future entwined, ever new


History unfolds. History repeats. History endures.


History is alive.


Happy 150th Birthday, San Ramon.



About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.
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