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Lancaster legacy celebration planned

CONTEST WINNERS: From left are McKenna and Carter Landrum, Lancaster students and siblings, who were the winners of a T-shirt design contest commemorating the elementary school’s 50 year milestone.

By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@h-ponline.com

Alumni, current students and staff are invited to attend a 50 year Lancer Legacy celebration at Lancaster Elementary School next month.

The celebration will be May 26 from noon to 3 p.m. at the school.

Lancaster and Northwest elementary schools are closing at the end of this school year due to declining enrollment. Students will have their last day on May 30.

A committee of 10 existing and retired teachers have been planning the celebration since last August, according to Lancaster Principal Melinda Otwinowski.

“This school is very special to a lot of people and there are generational families here with the kids, grandparents and great grandparents who have gone to school here, so there is a lot of love for this school,” she said.

Otwinowski said the celebration will inspire positive memories and nostalgia as the school closes.

There are currently 309 students at Lancaster and 45 staff members.

The celebration will include a ceremony from noon to 12:30 p.m. that mimicks a ceremony from 50 years ago.

Other entertainment includes a performance from the Lancaster student choir, a picnic lunch, inflatable games and music.

With the school closing, the majority of the Lancaster students will attend Horace Mann, Salamonie, Andrews, Lincoln or Flint Springs schools.

“This is a very special place that is family oriented. We have families from generations that are going to come and celebrate all of the wonderful things that have happened here,” said Darla Kingery, a kindergarten teacher and celebration committee member at Lancaster.