During the November 5th meeting of the Plymouth School Board, board members viewed a video presentation featuring students, teachers and administrators from Lincoln Junior High. The video showed plans for moving from the current building into the new building being constructed.
On hand at the meeting to answer questions were teachers Rachel Anders and Betsy Barron, Assistant Principal Jake Singleton, and student School Council President Loany Galeano-Breve.
In the video Principal Reid Gault announced that they will hold a community open house on November 20 from 9:00-11 where, among other events, they will have door prizes and offer planks form the original Centennial gym floor. The planks were cleaned by students at LJH and then students at PHS engraved them with Lincoln High School and 1937 on one end when the gym was dedicated and 2020 when the building will be torn down. Galeano-Breve said, “It is such an honor for me as it is for everyone to be cleaning boards that were from 1936.”
In the video, Anders said, “The legacy project started three years ago in an attempt to help the students understand and appreciate what it means to be a part of something bigger than themselves. The driving question for this project has been how do we honor the past and move forward toward the future.”
Gault spoke to how students raised funds to purchase one of the large art blueberries that are seen in many parts of the community and plans to paint it to commemorate LJH and put it in front of the building. To raise the needed funds, the school hosted a Halloween maze. Art teacher Megan Wesenberg is making plans with students to design the art work that will be painted on the structure.
Barron said, “I know there’s still a lot of people in the community that remember going to high school here and obviously a huge generation of people who went to middle school here.” “My mom actually went to school here back in the 40’s and graduated and cheered in that gym. One of my relatives made the first free-throw in the gym.”
Gault said, “The whole community is welcome…it’s celebration. The first celebration of a building that has been a part of our community for a long long time.”
Carol Anders Correspondent