100 years old: Shady Grove planning April 25 celebration

Published 1:37 pm Tuesday, March 12, 2024

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ADVANCE – Shady Grove Elementary is turning 100 years old.

“We invite our wonderful Shady Grove community of past and present students, parents, teachers, staff, and neighbors to join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of our school,” says Jennifer Weaver, PTO secretary, parent, and member of the 100th year celebration planning committee.

Established in 1924, Shady Grove School once housed grades 1-12. The current elementary school building serves Pre-K through fifth grade students and was built in 1970 with additions and renovations along the way.

While the history of education dates back even further in Advance to one room school houses in 1774 and to the opening of Cokesbury School in 1793, this celebration of 100 years in the current location is an exciting milestone for Davie County, Weaver said.

On Thursday, April 25, the school will host an alumni parade, assembly, and reception at 9 a.m. A community event, Spring Fling, is scheduled on the same day from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“These events will allow attendees to reacquaint with old friends and colleagues as well as connect current students with the long history of supporting education in our community. As the school motto states, wWe are Stronger Together’.”

The 100th year celebration committee has been meeting since August  to plan the events. Students and staff are discussing items to include in a time capsule to be buried as excitement builds for the big day. Students will be able to watch the assembly from their classrooms and greet school alumni during the parade. The school’s drum line and chorus students plan to perform.

If you are an alumnus of Shady Grove school and would like to attend the events on April 25, complete the online form at www.ShadyGrovePTO.com or call the school between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., 336-936-8280.

Attendees must pre-register for the morning events. If you have any memorabilia or photographs from time at Shady Grove to share, email ShadyGrovePTO@gmail.com.