Clifton school celebrates 100 years

April 11, 2013 by  

School 5 in Clifton is celebrating its centenary year in style, and current and former students were invited to a celebration of the school’s centenary earlier this week.

Teachers who previously taught at the school and alumni were invited to a presentation of the history of the school, along with a tour on April 9. John Silva, the organizer and a teacher at School 5, was especially happy as some of the alumni and former teachers who had agreed to attend celebrations were almost the same age as the school itself.

Others in the area were welcomed to the event, along with officials from the City Council, Mayor James Anzaldi, The Board of Education, and other officials. According to Silva, people were invited to tour the school, viewing historical displays and even some yearbooks from the past, which no doubt invoked some happy memories.

Current students celebrated the occasion yesterday with a special assembly for the alumni outlining trends during each decade since the school opened. Attendees enjoyed the conversation, which inevitably turned to past times and reminiscing. Janet Kolano, a previous attendee at the school, gave a talk on her days as a student and her memories of her school life.

A competition had been held so that students could design a T-shirt commemorating 100 of School 5. The winning effort has been sold for $5 to cover costs. In circumstances like this, schools sometimes consider contacting stationery printers so that company letterheads carry information of the centenary year.