Around 200 parents, community members and students filled the gymnasium of Wolfsville Elementary School on Friday afternoon to celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary.
Some students read written memories from Wolfsville staff. Others performed songs for the crowd, including the school song and “Happy Birthday.” In between the performances, community leaders told the histories of some of the first classes at Wolfsville.
The current Wolfsville school opened in 1959 and was expanded in 2001.
Marlene Young, Delaplaine Foundation president, was a first-grader at Wolfsville in 1960. She said it was wonderful to see so many people come out to support the school.
“It’s always a profound honor for me,” Young said. “The values and guiding principles that I learned here at Wolfsville have followed me throughout my career and adult life.”
Robert Snyder, Salem United Methodist Church pastor, encouraged the students to remain dedicated to their studies and continue to look for their gifts to share with others.
Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Terry Alban made note of how the 60th anniversary is known as the “diamond anniversary.” The school and its members are a lot like diamonds, Alban said, for their resiliency and toughness.
Megan Stein, Wolfsville principal, said the speakers Friday afternoon were a chance for the school to honor its many community partners.
“I wanted the students to realize how fortunate they are to be in a school with such a strong community,” Stein said.