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Woodstock Elementary to celebrate its century of service this month

by: David F. Ashton These members of the Woodstock Elementary School’s Centenary Celebration Committee are wrapping up plans for the big event on the afternoon of Saturday, May 21th: (standing) Nancy Vuckovic, and Leslie Yake (standing), and Lisa Daniels, Andrea Dopierala, and Anne Row (sitting).

It's been a year in the making, and volunteers are ramping up efforts to present a grand event and homecoming, celebrating the 100th year of Woodstock Elementary School.

'It's important, because there are very few schools in the City that have yet reached the 100-year-old mark,' explained Nancy Vuckovic, Chair of the Centenary Celebration Committee.

'Some parts of the original building, constructed over a hundred years ago, are still in use,' added Vuckovic. 'We're very proud of the fact of the school is still operating, and serving the community well. We want to share their pride, in a celebration with the rest of the community.'

The May 21 event will start at 1 pm, and includes tours of the school, to show neighbors and alums how things have changed over the years - and what has stayed the same. 'We'll have some entertainment from the students, and the Superintendent of Schools will speak about the school's past, and where the school is headed in the future,' Vuckovic told THE BEE.

This celebration is planned to be an opportunity for former students to connect. Tables will be set up, organized by decade, where alums can meet.

The school usually holds a spring art show - and this year's coordinator, Anne Rowe, said it will be held in conjunction with this anniversary celebration.

'The art show this year will feature mainly the art that was produced as part of an artist-in-residence program, partially sponsored by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. We will be displaying the art the kids did in those classes, as well as other art that they created throughout the year.'

Some 50 volunteers are expected to assist before and during the celebration. 'But we still need people for setup, people-greeting, giving tours, and helping to give refreshments at the event and at the art show,' entreated Vuckovic.

To help out, contact the committee via e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Woodstock Elementary is located at 5601 S.E. 50th Avenue. To learn more, visit their Facebook page online:

www.facebook.com/pages/Woodstock-Elementary-Portland-OR-Alumni/144157472305083 .