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Funkstown school celebrates 40 years

June 09, 2008|By JANET HEIM

FUNKSTOWN - When Funkstown School for Early Childhood Education - formerly Funkstown Elementary - turned 40, the occasion was celebrated in style. The week of May 26 was declared Spirit Week, with a different color or theme designated for each day.

On May 30, the final day of Spirit Week, a time capsule assembly was held and students received a school spirit bracelet as a memento.

Special guests at the assembly included Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan, past and present principals, and Funkstown Assistant Mayor Paul Crampton. Past and current teachers were also on hand.

The time capsule included such items as a video with segments from individual classes, this year's yearbook and memorabilia, including a burger sign from Principal Susan Burger's office and her musical magic wand. The time capsule will be opened in 10 years, in 2018, when the current second-grade class will graduate from high school.

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The anniversary marks another milestone at the Funkstown school. This is the last school year that the school will have students in prekindergarten through second grade.

With the opening of Rockland Woods Elementary School in August, Funkstown School will offer only prekindergarten and kindergarten classes.

The celebration culminated with a family picnic and open house on June 1. Children were treated to a moon bounce and families were invited to walk down "memory lane" with a stroll through the school, classroom visits and a chance to watch a slide show, or view current and historic Funkstown School photographs.

"It was great. I was very pleased," said Michelle Schultz, PTA vice president and chairwoman of the 40th anniversary committee.

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