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ARIEL GILREATH | INDEX-JOURNAL


Several old friends and co-workers sat in a circle tucked back in one of Pinecrest Elementary School's rooms Wednesday morning, feverishly going through wrinkled photographs and drawing up plans for the school's 50th anniversary celebration March 12.

Pinecrest first opened up in 1967, and although the event's planning committee members don't know of any staff that were around when it opened up, they're hoping a few of the students will stop by for the celebration.

Mona Borland, a former principal of the school, said the idea to celebrate the school's 50th anniversary came from alumni and former staff over the years.

"We formed a steering committee," Borland said. "This is a place where lasting friendships were formed -- it's always been a very tight-knit family."

The committee has one more meeting before the event, which will be at the school's cafeteria and feature a reunion for current and former staff and alumni, an open house for the school and reception for anyone who has been associated with the school -- students, parents and friends included.

Members of the committee are trying to reach out to alumni of the school to send in one minute videos of them giving their name, when they went to Pinecrest, their favorite memory at the school and what their occupations are today.

"(It's) just to show them that there is a future, and this education is planning for that future," Borland said.

Borland said the videos can be posted at Facebook.com/pinecrest50reunion.

Throughout the week leading up to the anniversary event, Pinecrest staff have planned activities for students during the school day to celebrate it, including a field day outside and guest readers.

The original slogan of the school was "Pinecrest, A Great Place to Grow," and the theme of the anniversary event is "Pinecrest, 50 Years Still A Great Place to Grow."

"We have a true devotion to this school that can only be explained by having gone here and worked here," Borland said.

Contact staff writer Ariel Gilreath at 864-943-5644 or follow on Twitter@IJARIELGILREATH.