Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
On Friday, Oct. 19, Coles Elementary celebrated its 50th anniversary. The school hosted a “Walk of the Decades” and a ceremony that included both current and past Coles students, families, teachers, principals, and friends.
“Our 50th celebration was meaningful as so many of us could reminisce about how special Coles was and is in the community. All were telling great stories of how Coles is tiny and mighty,” said Kathryn Forgas, principal.
The creativity of the staff was on full display as guests were invited to visit “Decades Rooms.” The rooms showcased the pop-culture from 1968 to the present, along with yearbooks and remembrances from each decade.
The celebration culminated in a selection of songs from the past 50 years, and current students performed the school song. Steve Walts, Superintendent of Schools, reminisced in his remarks about the many great songs shared by the students, as well as his fond memories of Road Runner cartoons (the beloved mascot of Coles Elementary).
Past principals of Coles also shared their memories of the school.
The ceremony also included remarks by Interim School Board Chair Dr. Babur Lateef, read by the principal. School Board Members William Deutsch and Alyson Satterwhite spoke at the ceremony. Previous School Board Member Dr. Michael Otaigbe addressed the crowd as well.