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Mill Creek Elementary School celebrates 25 years in our community

The community is invited to attend Mill Creek Elementary School's 25th Year Celebration on Thursday October 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm in the Mill Creek Elementary School Cafeteria.
25 years ago, a time capsule was buried in the courtyard of Mill Creek Elementary School. Two weeks ago it was brought to the surface and opened. Photo credit: Becky Hitchcock.

By Connie Gagnon, Mill Creek Elementary School third-grade teacher.

The community is invited to attend Mill Creek Elementary School's 25th Year Celebration on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 6:00 pm in the Mill Creek Elementary School cafeteria.

25 years ago Mill Creek Elementary School opened its doors to over six hundred children in our community. If you were to walk through the halls you would have seen a new building, new carpeting, new paint, new desks and chairs, everything new! And of course, Mill Creek Elementary had the latest technology. We smile now when we think of those computers- Apple II GS computers with black and white monitors.

There have been many changes at Mill Creek over the years- only three of the original staff remain, carpets and tile need to be replaced, there is a list of work orders pending. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the energy and enthusiasm found within our school community. Parents, staff and students work together to build a strong learning environment.

Our test scores continue to reflect the academic achievements of our students. Our staff cares about our students and strives to meet their academic and social needs every day. You can see learning take place in both the work and the smiles in our classrooms.

25 years ago, a time capsule was buried in the courtyard. Two weeks ago it was brought to the surface and opened. Most of the “treasures” inside have turned to dust and ashes with the remains of a few photos, an old cassette and a VHS videotape not in viewing condition. However, our first principal has a good copy of that video depicting the courtyard ceremony. Along with her few pictures, hard hat from the ground breaking, other artifacts from those days will be displayed October 10th at 6 pm in our school cafeteria.

On this day, our school community will be celebrating our 25th Year. Our very active PTA will display their history on another table. A power point is being prepared to share with the audience. Speakers include our superintendent, Dr. Cohn, our principal, Brenda Fuglevand, and Mill Creek’s first principal, Lynnette Liffrig.

We sent out more than 250 invitations to staff, retired staff, staff who have moved to other buildings, district staff, school board members, our city council and police officers. We have heard from students in California, Idaho and Missouri who inquired about a 25 year celebration.

An excitement is brewing as we celebrate these 25 years but also as we look forward to the future and our vision for Mill Creek in 2038.

In 1988 our motto was simple: Success for Each Child Each Day! Today our vision statement reads: Mill Creek Elementary is a learning community working cooperatively to enrich the lives of its members and seeking to expand the horizons of generations of humanity that pass through its welcoming doors.

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