Get the birthday cake ready.
One of the oldest school
buildings in Lakewood is turning 100 years old.
Lincoln Elementary School — one of the remaining buildings in the district facing renovation — will celebrate the school next week with a series of events.
When the school opened its doors to students on Oct. 17, 1913, Woodrow Wilson was President. Prohibition wouldn’t happen for another seven years.
And, Lakewood was first emerging as a bustling streetcar suburb. Hence the need for a new school.
According to a newspaper clipping marking the school’s first day 100 years ago, the Lakewood children in attendance saluted and sang “America.” A painting of the nation’s 16th President and a bronze plaque unveiled for that day still stand their posts in the school’s hallways.
- Next week’s festivities begin on Monday with Mel Maurer providing an impersonation of Abraham Lincoln. He’ll also pass out pennies to the kiddos.
- On Tuesday, students will dress up as their favorite historic figures from each decade from the past 100 years. With the social studies departments taking the lead, each grade level will take a different decade.
- “Wednesday is the big day,” said Julie Wang Warren, an event organizer. The school will host a special assembly, featuring a portrayal of Mother Jones. Students will perform songs. Dignitaries — including former school principals, past PTO presidents and city leaders — will be on-hand. Templar will have some original cars on the site for photo opportunities. Everyone who attends the event will get a commemorative brick.
- Later that night, the school will remain open to the public, and tours of the building will be available. Abraham Lincoln (Mel Maurer) will also be strolling the halls.
- Thursday, the students will play “vintage games” on the playground.
Warren said her involvement is also personal. Her mother, who recently died, attended Lincoln in the late-1930s.
“And how often do school buildings turn 100?” she said. “It’s too significant of an occasion to let go without a celebration.”
For some additional photos during the past 100 years, check out Lincoln Elementary Lakewood’s Facebook Page.