Sheridan invites community to ‘come home’ Saturday

Having educated the children of the community for 100 years, Sheridan Elementary School, 915 Sheridan St., is inviting former staff and students to visit the neighborhood school as part of “Come Home to Sheridan” 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

While serving as a 100-year celebration of the school, the event also will serve as a goodbye for the school, which is set to close its doors for the final time in June. But despite the closing of the building, the school’s community has chosen to celebrate its history using a Dr. Seuss quote to sum up their feelings: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

“The idea is that although Sheridan Elementary is closing at the end of this year, there still is something to celebrate,” said Paul Daniels, school principal.

Building tours led by the fourth- and fifth-grade students will be available to visitors during the event. Photos and other memorabilia also will be displayed from the school’s history.

The theme for the day was created because for many the school was a “second home,” to many of its students, said Deborah Briel, event co-coordinator and library aide.

“It was home to the people in this neighborhood,” she said.

The school has held a variety of activities throughout the year to commemorate the 100 years of the school, including alumni interviews and student essays on the school.

Briel has been working to organize the event and have alumni attend. Elizabeth Blair, a 92-year old alum, is slated to attend, Briel said. There also is a group coming from Florida for the event.

“I’ve had an absolutely amazing time talking to everyone,” she said.

The event will include speeches from Parent-Teacher Organization members, Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Kelley, students and teachers, and Daniels.

Daniels said videos of talent shows and school events from throughout the years will be played and old photos will be available for alumni to take home.

“It’s going to be nostalgic,” Briel said.

In order to give current students the opportunity to receive the Orville W. Mitstifer Award, T-shirts will be on sale Saturday. Raffle tickets to win a quilt also are on sale.

The celebration will take place during the school’s annual Spring Fling event