Roan Elementary School used their annual Picnic in the Park event to also celebrate their 50th birthday. The school opened in 1969.
The event brought students and their families together to engage in fun activities. The theme for this year's picnic was extra special because it revolved around the milestone birthday. Every grade level marked the celebration this past week by learning about other events that also turn 50 years old this year. Some of the many activities that took place centered on the moon landing, the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", the blow pop turning 50, and celebrating Roan's very own assistant principal, Mrs. Charlie Tripp, turning 50 years old.
Prior to the picnic, retired faculty and staff were invited to a reception that was without a doubt a joyous occasion. Many retired teachers, counselors, and principals enjoyed seeing one another after many years. The amount of laughter, happy tears, and smiling was infectious all throughout the media center.
"This is such a warm, caring school and the staff rally around all the children," former principal Sheila Evans said. "I loved being with children, it didn't matter if it was in the classroom or as a principal. I miss it."
Following the reception, students, parents, faculty, and members of the community were invited to continue the celebration by gathering outside on the playground to partake in the events and activities.
The celebratory picnic commenced with the 5thgrade chorus students singing "Happy Birthday." Afterwards, there were an array of things to do such as grabbing shaved ice to cool off, jumping in the inflatables, decorating a pebble in honor of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble turning 50, face painting, making paper airplanes to mark the 50thanniversary of the Boeing 747, dunking teachers in a tank, and many other activities for the students and parents.
"It was a delightful time to be together with our families to celebrate and honor them," Cindy Parrott, principal of Roan Elementary School, said. "We had 727 family members and close to 800 with Rock Bridge volunteers and Roan school staff. We believe it is so important to build relationships that will last a life time!"
Thanks to a faith-based partnership with Rock Bridge Community Church, the school fed all of the families who attended the picnic and served around 800 hotdogs.
Parrott expressed her sincere gratitude to their partnership with Rock Bridge.
"We're so blessed by Rock Bridge Community Church for being there for our families and they have just grown to love them so much" Parrott said.