Armstrong School for the Arts celebrates 95th anniversary
Armstrong School for the Arts celebrated 95 years with a special anniversary program on June 12. Former administrators, teachers, staff, and students joined current employees and students for the festivities. Old friends were reunited, as were teachers and students.
Superintendent Dr. Jeffery Smith and School Board Chairman Jason Samuels gave opening remarks. School Board members Joe Kilgore and Phyllis Henry were also present.
Each grade level entertained the audience from different eras since the opening of the school. The groups that performed are as follows:
1920s – second grade performed The Charleston
1930s – the resource teachers did a skit from The Wizard of Oz
1940s – fourth grade performed the Rosie the Riveter song
1950s – kindergarten sang and danced to Rock Around the Clock
1960s – second grade sang All You Need is Love
1970s – first grade sang ABC
1980s – third grade sang Funkytown
1990s – fourth grade read a poem, If you Were A Kid of the 90s
2000s – fifth grade performed movies, music, and movement from the 2000s
Linda Byrd and Levia Stovall Barnwell shared their experiences as former administrators of the school. Former teachers, Jane Quinn, Veronica Parker and Carol Paxton, also shared memories about their years at the school.
Quinn said, “If you were lucky enough to have gone to Armstrong, if you were lucky enough to have taught at Armstrong, you were lucky enough.”
There was also a surprise visitor, Nancy Shields. She served as the crossing guard at Armstrong for 47 years.
The school’s halls were decorated with banners depicting each era. They also had photographs and scrapbooks on display.
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