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Belvedere Elementary celebrates 60 years

Posted: January 29, 2014 - 12:09pm  |  Updated: January 29, 2014 - 12:59pm
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Ansley Parrish dances to the hand jive in Heather Shuler's first grade class at Belvedere Elementary.  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
TODD BENNETT/STAFF
Ansley Parrish dances to the hand jive in Heather Shuler's first grade class at Belvedere Elementary.

 

Belvedere Elementary School’s faculty and pupils took a trip to the past Friday as they wore outfits reminiscent of the ’50s and provided a glimpse of what might have been worn when the school first opened in 1954.

Belvedere Elementary is celebrating its 60th anniversary and over the next several weeks, faculty and pupils will dress up each Friday to represent a different decade.

It’s one of several activities planned in the coming months to celebrate, said Matt Franklin, a fifth-grade teacher and chairman of the birthday celebration.

“We want to make the community aware that this school has been here for 60 years and it’s still a great school,” he said. “A lot of teachers here have many years in this school and we have great parents and students.”

The committee is seeking letters from former pupils and staff members sharing their memories of Belvedere Elementary. The letters will be placed on a bulletin board in the main hallway, said Franklin.

The school will also have a week of celebration March 3-7 which will include a reception for previous administrators, faculty and staff; the creation and burial of a time capsule filled with items relevant to 2014; and a museum of memorabilia.

The school’s pupils will also paint a wall in the cafeteria with “1954-2014” by placing their handprints on the wall.

“There will be a lot of fun activities,” said Franklin.

SHARE YOUR MEMORIES

Former pupils and employees of Belvedere Elementary School are asked to share their memories in a letter for display at the school. Memories can be shared by sending or dropping off letters to the school at 201 Rhomboid Place, Belvedere, SC 29841 or on the school’s Facebook page.

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