By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter
Shrewsbury – The weather couldn’t have been nicer for Spring Street Elementary School families to gather in the schoolyard June 8 for a fun and relaxing evening celebrating the school’s 50th anniversary. There was a strong turnout of the over 200 families that make up the Spring Street School community.
“We knew our 50th anniversary was coming up so over the last year we started talking with the Parent Teacher Organization,” explained Principal Bryan Mabie. “We asked, ‘What can we do?’ We wanted to acknowledge our 50th anniversary, so last year, after saving, our PTO built a pavilion which was finished recently and we thought that would be a good time to dedicate the pavilion and have our 50th anniversary party.”
PTO co-presidents Lizabeth Foxwell and Karen Zidonis echoed Mabie’s comments. They thought it would be really fun to have a few food trucks, games and a DJ to celebrate the past 50 years.
Attendees brought their lawn chairs, blankets and enjoyed pizza, barbeque, hot dogs and ice cream. There were games, a face painter and a DJ who lead the children in games and dances.
Current and former faculty and staff came to mark the occasion. They included Mary Popp, the former school nurse for 30 years, and Lucy Marcigliano, who now teaches at Sherwood Middle School.
Former school administrator Marcia Smith brought several copies of an eight-page booklet that she wrote, detailing the history of the school which held its opening day Sept. 6, 1967. It was a project that was five years in the making. Back in 1966, the cost to build the school was $773,000 – a far cry from what it would cost today.