ELIZABETH – On Wednesday evening, Elizabeth Public Schools formally celebrated over 100 years of educational service at Elmora School No. 12. The ceremony was held in the school’s auditorium.
The Elmora School became a part of Elizabeth Public Schools in 1908 to educate the children living in the neighborhood for which it was named. It began as a little wooden schoolhouse with only two classrooms, surrounded by unpaved dirt roads and waist-high daisies. Over 100 years later, the little schoolhouse is a completely renovated facility accommodating 35 classrooms along with 667 pre-kindergarten to eighth grade students. The values of working diligently to achieve academic excellence, however, have not changed. The school continues to implement challenging curricula and set high expectations for the success of its students in becoming creative thinkers, lifelong learners and productive members of society.
The celebration featured keynote speaker Robert Jaspan, a former city councilman for the Elmora section of Elizabeth; tours of the facility; a historical video; refreshments and performances by the School No. 12 students including a ballet, poem recitation and song from the Broadway play, “Rent”. School and district representatives, as well as local, county and state dignitaries, were in attendance.
Superintendent of Schools Pablo Muñoz noted, “Elmora School No. 12 is one of Elizabeth’s many historical landmarks. It represents the city’s rich history and influence which dates back to the 1600s. As a person who grew up in the city of Elizabeth, I am very proud to be a part of this historic milestone and to help continue the academic excellence that has taken place for over 100 years.”
“Honoring and celebrating the history of Elmora’s educational services is very important. It gives the students attending School No. 12 a historical identity they can take pride in and promotes the importance of preserving our city’s history,” commented Elizabeth Board of Education President Carlos Trujillo.
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