In 100 years, Central Elementary School may have experienced growth, additions, numerous upgrades and other changes but at its core remains a community institution, according to principal Edie Balkun.
"We just think it’s a special place for a lot
of people,” Balkun said. “The children bring the building to life.”
school celebrated its 100th birthday Wednesday with special events
in the morning such as a cake, a song from parent Tom Kelly and an assembly with local officials and special guests. In the afternoon, students buried a time capsule with the Central School aerial photo, student and staff pictures, a reader's notebook cover, newspaper photos, current prices, pictures of current styles, a 2013 penny and more.
The school will retain a map with its location so approximately 25 years from now, future students can see how things have changed.
Wednesday marked the school's official 100th birthday but has just been one of several events in a year-long celebration.
For Balkun, it's an emotional time. She is retiring after 12 years as principal.
"This is a special year for me," she said. "It's bittersweet because I love this place."
The celebration isn't over yet. A dinner and auction is slated for Nov. 1 at Tower Ridge Country Club and a special open house on Nov. 3. See details at http://www.simsbury.k12.ct.us/page.cfm?p=4889