Centennial Celebration Summary
By the Numbers:
- One year of planning resulted in the execution of 12 events and initiatives
- Two major community events were hosted: the Alumni Reception and Parade
- Two television shows about Cynwyd were produced by Lower Merion TV
- Three major press outlets covered the various events at the school
- Four all-school assemblies engaged the students
- Five months saw at least one centennial-related event per month
- Six weeks of research were needed to correctly determine all of Cynwyd's past 9 principals!
- 17 Corporate Sponsors and 2 Family Sponsors helped fund our celebrations
- 21 amazing and dedicated parent volunteers took the lead as sub-committee heads
- 150 alumni and community members (approx.) attended the Alumni Reception
- 350 people (approx.) either attended, marched in or volunteered at the Parade
- 500 commemorative booklets were printed and distributed to school families and staff
- 1,000 pennants were ordered, assembled, and given out over the course of the celebrations
Unexpected Benefits of Our Outreach/Initiatives:
- We formed deeper connections with local community groups, including the Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd and our neighbors at the Academy House, the Lower Merion Historical Society.
- We benefitted from contact with – much unsolicited – many alumni and retired teachers who shared their fond memories and stories of Cynwyd.
- Students were very excited about and engaged in learning Cynwyd's history, especially through the time capsule from 1989.
- We met the original Owlbert!
Lasting Legacy of the Centennial Celebration:
- A Centennial Video was produced with testimony from current & past teachers, staff, alumni and parents that reflects on the special place that is Cynwyd Elementary.
- The school's history was researched and documented in both the History Exhibit and a commemorative booklet, to be preserved for future generations.
- A Time Capsule was filled with student projects and other memorabilia, to be opened in 50 years. In addition, we will re-seal the 1989 time capsule to be re-opened.
- A Centennial Walkway was installed at the front of the school, comprised of bricks and pavers donated by current school families, staff and alumni.
- Three Buddy Benches have been purchased by the HSA and will be permanently installed on school grounds by the start of the 2014-15 school year.
List of All Events and Initiatives:
- Kick-Off Pep Rally
- Alumni Reception
- History Assembly with the Lower Merion Historical Society and New Horizons Senior Glee Club
- Commemorative Video produced in association with LMHS
- Time Capsule
- All-School Art Show
- Facts, Fads and Fashions Assembly
- Human Chain
- Centennial Parade
- Centennial Walkway
- Commemorative Booklet
- Buddy Benches