Westborough’s Fales Elementary turns 50
By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer
Westborough – Turning 50 is a big deal. The students and faculty at the Annie E. Fales Elementary School enjoyed a special celebration Dec. 6 to commemorate the school’s opening in 1963.
The celebration was filled with heartfelt memories from former students and teachers presented on videos created by parent Dave Crandall. Other volunteers who made this day special include Marsha Nissenbaum, Kate Flanagan, former students, teachers, and the Fales Parent Group. PamelaYanco, the music teacher, played a medley of songs from 1963 and encouraged students and teachers to sing along.
One short video explained that Annie Fales was a dedicated educator for 50 years in Westborough. Some staff shared their memories of Fales when they were younger and attended school there.
Principal Maryann Stannard placed an ad in the school’s virtual backpack inviting former students and teachers who attended the school and knew its namesake Annie Fales to contact her. She was overwhelmed by the responses.
“I am so honored to be celebrating this milestone. Fales is a beautiful place to be. The people inside make it what it is,” she said.
Gina Sottile, a Fales teacher, shared what it is like to work at the school.
“It feels more like a family than a place to work. Fales is the best place to be from the very first day to Field Day and every day in between,” she said.
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