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Portland’s Woodstock Elementary celebrates 100 years

May 13, 2011
From Oregon.Live
Woodstock Elementary School will celebrate 100 years as a school with an open house on from 1 to 3 p.m. May 21.
The event includes an alumni reunion, a tour of the school, and a show about how far the school has come through student creative performances.
“For alumni to come back and reconnect with us and to see where the school has gone, in terms of the focus of education, will be great,” said principal Mary Patterson.
In 1988, the school implemented a unique Mandarin immersion program in which students spend half the day learning the language and half the day in English classes.
The historic building itself has also changed quite a bit since it was built in 1911 as a two-story, eight-room building. There are new wings and rooms, and the building was even turned on its foundation at one point.
The most drastic change to the building’s character came in 1980, when it was reduced to a single story after being partly destroyed by a five-alarm fire apparently touched off by a worker’s torch.
Organizers are asking that alumni with memories or memorabilia to share contact them via WoodstockSchoolCentennial@gmail.com or check out their facebook page, Woodstock Elementary Portland, OR Alumni.
Patterson said she’s already heard from alumni of every age — including a 91-year-old woman — who plan to attend the event.
Students have spent the year studying what life was like 100 years ago, when the first class walked through the building’s halls.
“I think that will be wonderful for our students to see that thread of education through all that time,” Patterson said.
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