Tuckers Crossroads to celebrate 100th birthday

Staff Reports • Jan 31, 2014 at 6:00 PM

This year will include a historical event for Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School.

On May 3, the school will celebrate its 100th year in its current location. Plans are underway for a celebration.

A historian committee is compiling a memory book to commemorate the event. Steering the committee are former Tuckers Crossroads’ teachers, Ina Neal and Doretha Wright, as well as several parents and grandparents of past students.

Legends of skipping school in nearby caves, and childhood sweetheart tales have emerged as people fondly reminisce about the past. Stories and photos that document the last 10 decades of education are needed to complete the memory book. The group is also collecting recipes for its “100-Year Cookbook.” All story, photo and recipe submissions may be emailed by Feb. 14 to lisawhite4087@gmail.com.

Heading up the celebration are former Tuckers Crossroads students Jolie White Britt and Beth Turnbull Petty. At the end of January, yard signs are expected to be popping up advertise the event, and event organizers plan to sell T-shirts to students at the school. The public can buy T-shirts by downloading a form posted on the school website at wcschools.com/txr or by visiting the TXR Centennial page on Facebook.

Information will include instructions on where to mail completed forms and checks.

“In February, just in time for Valentine’s Day, you will hear about a romance that started at Tuckers Crossroads and is still going on today,” said Petty. “This couple reports that it is still very much in love, have beautiful children and are both in successful careers in our county.”

Future stories will also include stories and quotes from many notable and successful Wilson County business professionals, as well as government officials, who attended Tuckers Crossroads.

The committee is currently seeking sponsors to help offset the cost of the event.

“We want the day to be affordable for everyone who wants to attend. We do not want cost to prohibit any family from coming,” said Britt, who serves as the school’s parent-teacher organization treasurer.

“The PTO was the first to lend financial support to the event and is providing the start up money we need to move forward,” said Petty. “However, we know that there are many individuals and businesses who have connections to the school who will want to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event.”

Tiers of sponsorship include $500 gold sponsors; $250 silver sponsors and $100 bronze sponsors. 

Anyone who would like to become a sponsor may make checks payable to Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School PTO 100-Year Celebration. Checks should be mailed to Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School PTO, Attention: Jolie Britt, treasurer, 5905 Trousdale Ferry Pike, Lebanon, TN 37087.

Besides being a sponsor, Petty said help is needed to advertise the event.

“Tell everyone you know about the celebration,” she said. “I have been, but we also have families who have moved away.

To further advertise the event, former student Robin Midgett, created a Facebook page. To get up-to-date information about the event, find the Facebook page, TXR Centennial.

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