(From Southwest Seattle Historical Society collection: Alki Elementary School 5th graders line up for a group photo in May 1928)
Big birthday ahead for Alki Elementary – and all of its alums (along with the rest of the community) are invited to the party. Here’s the official announcement:
Calling everyone who has ever attended Alki Elementary School: Mark your calendars to come celebrate the school’s 100th birthday on March 28.
The Alki PTA and the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, co-sponsors of the celebration, are planning a slate of activities to engage students and community members of all ages.
“This will be an exciting event, with activities for the youngest of today’s Alki students, for those who attended Alki many decades ago and for everyone in between,” says Amy Bannister, who chairs the event for Alki PTA.
The party will kick off with a group photo to be taken at 5 pm outside the school. The photo will be made available widely online in the days following the event.
“It may take a few minutes to arrange everyone for the photo,” says Alan Peterson, board member at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, “so we urge anyone who wants to be a part of this landmark image to arrive at 5 p.m. sharp.”
Once the photo is taken (as well as separate photos by decade), the celebration moves indoors and starts at 6 p.m. It will include a program with several speakers, a wide-ranging audio-visual show of images from the school’s history, activities for children and an area where attendees can display (and donate) school-related artifacts and have their Alki-related stories captured on video.
Of course, the event will feature party-style refreshments, including a sheet cake or two denoting the centennial.
Everyone attending the event will receive a memento of the occasion.
For more information on the Alki Elementary School Centennial Celebration, see the Facebook event page and the website of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.