Article written and reported by Simsbury Public Schools
Alumni staff and faculty
gathered at a luncheon at Central School on April 3rd in celebration of the
school's 100th anniversary year.
More than two dozen guests were on hand, sharing a host of memories
about their time at the school, which first opened its doors in September 1913.
In an emailed message to
the Central School community the day after the event, Principal Edie Balkun
wrote, “The ‘100th Birthday Retiree and Guest Luncheon’ was a tremendous
success! The hugs, tears of joy,
laughter, and memories filled the room! I still have a lump in my throat and am
so glad that this idea was shared by committee members and became a reality.”
Those attending the
luncheon took a moment to pose for a group photo with a sign wishing Central a
All students and staff at the school have received a copy of this sign
and they—as well as all former Central students, staff and faculty—have been
encouraged to take a photo with it so it can be hung inside the school on a
"Celebration Wall," which continues to fill with photos taken by
families who have traveled with the sign to places as nearby as Hartford to
places as far away as the Virgin Islands and Argentina.
Already the Celebration
Wall includes photos of local “celebrities” such as Simsbury Public Schools
Superintendent Matt Curtis, Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman and U.S.
Olympian Sara Hendershot. Other familiar faces include Mickey Mouse, World
Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler John Cena as well as representatives
from NBC Connecticut—Gerry Brooks, Keisha Grant, Brad Field and the entire
The celebration of the
anniversary year continues throughout 2013, with a birthday celebration
scheduled for September and an Open House on November 3. For more information,