Parklane Elementary School in East Point will celebrate 60 years as a community school at a special event on Tuesday, August 20.
The evening starts with a presentation of academic achievements at 6 p.m., followed by a celebration of the school’s history and a reception. Current and former students, staff and community members are invited to share memories and walk the halls of their alma mater.
“We want our community to visit and see how Parklane has changed, yet stayed the same school that they know and remember,” said Dr. Greg Fields, principal. “Generations of families have attended Parklane for many years and have made this a true community school.”
Parklane opened in 1953 with 400 students in grades kindergarten through seven, but has since changed to a traditional elementary school model of prekindergarten through fifth grade. It was a year-round school from 2002 to 2007 and has earned Title I Distinguished Status for its academic achievement.
Over the years, the building has transformed to reflect advancements in technology and teaching innovations, but still keeps its small school feel. The stage, located in the cafeteria, is the only area of the school that is part of the original 1953 construction.