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Funkstown School to mark 40th anniversary

April 15, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

FUNKSTOWN - The celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Funkstown School in late May will be somewhat bittersweet.

Many who have watched the former elementary school change over the years from through the fifth grade (2003) into the Funkstown School for Early Childhood Education (prekindergarten through second grade in 2006) are now seeing the next phase get under way.

"Next year, there will just be pre-k and kindergarten here," said Michelle Schultz, one of the organizers of the upcoming 40th anniversary festivities.

For the 2008-09 school year, the first- and second-graders who would have gone to Funkstown will go to either Emma K. Doub or the new Rockland Woods Elementary schools.

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"We're sad at the change," said anniversary committee member Wendy Welsh, hoping her kindergartener would have been able to go to Funkstown longer.

Sharon Mattingly, president of the PTA, got the ball rolling when she discovered a time capsule at the school and thought it would be great to start a new one.

"Each class will have something in the new capsule," said Pam Grimes, one of the anniversary committee members. DVDs and slides have been suggested.

Committee member Julie Hendershot said yearbooks are also to be included. She attended the school from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Both capsules are slated to be opened in 2018 on the 50th anniversary. The current second-graders will be graduating from high school that year.

"The first capsule was sealed in 1998," Schultz said. "It was a fifth-grade challenge project then."

The celebration this year will begin on May 27 when four trees will be planted at the school to commemorate the anniversary.

May 28 is Crazy Day when kids will be wearing mix-and-match clothes.

Dress Up Day on May 29 coincides with a school trip to The Maryland Theatre.

On Friday, May 30, children will wear blue and white. The time capsule assembly will begin at 1:45 p.m. Each student will receive a school spirit bracelet.

"We're having some guest speakers at the assembly, possibly a town official," Schultz said.

The family picnic and open house will be Saturday, May 31, from noon to 3 p.m. at the school. (Rain date is Sunday, June 1, same hours). Families are to bring picnic lunches, blankets and chairs.

The PTA will provide drinks and activities for the children. Kettle corn and funnel cakes will be available for sale.

The school will be open for tours and a slide show of old and new photographs of the school.

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