Slidell High Preps For Milestone
Slidell High preps for milestone
Century is marked in class and out
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
By Tara McLellan
The 2008-09 school year will be a momentous event in the history of Slidell High School as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. “100 Years of Excellence — Traditions Touching Today” is the year’s motto, and a special committee organized to plan the centennial events has come up with ways for alumni to tell their stories and for the community to be involved in the celebration.
What began as a four-room school that served a mostly rural population, and graduated its first four seniors in 1909 has evolved into a student body of nearly 2,000, with 101 classrooms, on a 22-acre site.
“Many kids don’t really know much about the history of our school. The kids will be immersed in history” next year, said Donna Manetta, a member of the centennial celebration committee.
Learning the history of the school will be part of the year’s celebration for students, according to Manetta, who teaches English at the school. “Each month is going to be dedicated to a different decade,” she said. “The students will be able to learn about what was happening at the school during that time, what kind of music they listened to, what world events were happening.”
Alumni are also invited to join in the celebration. “We want to get everyone involved,” Manetta said. “We’re going to have a Centennial Yearbook, a special Centennial Garden, and much more.”
The Centennial Yearbook will feature photographs, stories, and memories from generations of Slidell High graduates. “We are putting the call out to all alumni,” Manetta said. “We want to feature their photos and stories about friends, events, favorite teachers, or what was going on at the time.” Photographs, memorabilia, and written accounts can be brought to Slidell High. The deadline for submission is Aug. 1. Details and sample questionnaire are available at slidellhigh.stpsb.org/100years.
A Centennial Garden is planned to enhance the entrance of the school. It will feature memorial bricks on sale to graduates, friends and family of the school. Each four by eight inch brick will carry a maximum of two lines of text with 18 characters per line.
“The bricks are a great way to celebrate yourself or a loved one, thank a community member or business, or recognize a class or club,” Manetta said. The bricks are $50 each, and are available for purchase until Nov. 1. Brochures and order forms are available at the school or from the school Web site.
Other events lined up for the year include: a Centennial T-shirt and commemorative poster marking the year, a special homecoming pep rally, a celebration gala on March 28, and the recognition of outstanding athletes and teams throughout the school’s history.
Any Slidell High alumnus who was a first-team All-State athlete, an All-American athlete, part of a professional sports roster, a member of a state championship team or runner-up team, or an individual state champion, is asked to contact Slidell High to be honored during the celebration.
“It’s going to be a fun year for everyone,” Manetta said. “We want to celebrate students, alumni, parents, and teachers, visit with old friends, and make new ones.”
Organizers will have a booth for the public to learn more at the Slidell Heritage Fest on July 4 at Heritage Park. Information is also available at slidellhigh.stpsb.org, or call the school at 985-643-2992, or contact Manetta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on NOLA.com Wednesday, June 18, 2008 2:34 p.m.
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