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Tuckers Crossroads Elementary to celebrate 100 years

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated May 1, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Tuckers Crossroads Elementary is turning 100, and the community plans to celebrate in style.

The celebration begins Saturday at 4 p.m., and many activities are planned for the afternoon. Musical performances from current and past students will be held as well as a spaghetti dinner. Festivities will end at 8 p.m.

“Our sponsors have been extremely generous. Their donations have ensured that the cost of the event has stayed at a minimum so that anyone who wants to attend can,” said Jolie White Britt.

Admission to the festivities is free.

Tuckers Crossroads music teacher, 30-year instructor Tony Cook, will present two programs involving both current and past students. The first program will begin at 4:15 p.m., with a second showing at 5:15. It is free and open to the public. 

Anyone who wishes to participate in the spaghetti supper from 5:30-7 p.m. can have a plate for $5 per person.

As organizers are expecting a large crowd Saturday, special guidelines have been issued for parking at the event. Parking at the school is reserved for the elderly and handicapped. Free shuttle service will be available from the school’s ball field located on Big Springs Road.

“This day is sure to be a very well-attended event,” said event co-chair Beth Petty. “We really need the community to cooperate in being shuttled from the ball field. We anticipate lots of senior alumni attending the celebration, and we want them to have easy access in and out of the school, so much of the parking will be blocked off and there will be parking attendants available to assist those who really need to park close.”

A unique feature of the celebration will be “decade rooms,” where alumni can find old classmates to reminisce with. 

Carnival games will be available in classrooms from 6-7 p.m., and a $5 hand stamp affords participant unlimited games and cake walks. The cake walks run from 6:30-8 p.m., and there will be live bluegrass music.

Also available at the event will be a buy one, get one free book fair in the library, t-shirts and cookbooks for $10 and Memory Books for $15.

According to Petty, all proceeds will go to the school’s PTO fund, and a couple of special projects will be completed at the school as a final memorial of the day’s events, including a bronze memorial plaque and a commemorative framed quilt hand-crafted by the Tuckers Crossroads eighth grade Class of 1989.

For more information, call Malinda Gammon at Tuckers Crossroads Elementary at 615-444-3956.

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