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Waters Elementary Celebrates Centennial This Weekend

By Mike Fourcher | Friday, May 20, 2011

All 560 Waters Elementary students, staff, and teachers posed for this celebratory photo. Credit: Clayton Miller Photography.

It has been 100 years since Thomas J. Waters Elementary School, 4540 N. Campbell Ave., opened and this Saturday the students and school are celebrating with student performances and exhibits on the school’s history and alumni. Waters’ parents organization will also hold their annual fundraiser tonight, at DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave., from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“All the kids are really excited and have gotten into each decade,” said parent and Centennial Celebration committee member Kerry Maiorca.

Each grade was assigned a decade to represent and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday each room is will to perform a decade. “I have a preschooler and he’s pretty excited about it,” says Maiorca. “All the kids look forward to the school-wide performances because it’s a part of the culture of what we do at Waters.” [A PDF agenda can be found here.]

Waters Elementary is a Chicago Public Schools fine and performing arts magnet school.

“One of the things we’ve tried to do is reach out to anyone that’s been part of the school for the past 100 years,” said Maiorca. “We’ve collected class pictures from years past. It’s been a fun way to see how the school has been for the past 100 years.”

The celebration has been a big project for the school.  ”We’ve had at least twenty parents that have been integrally involved,” says Maiorca. “Especially [Parent Teacher Coop President] Terri Tatting Versace. She’s been amazing.”

The school also took a school-wide photo with all the students, teachers and staff formed in a “100″. Those photos will be available for purchase on Saturday and fund the school’s music and ecology programs.

For parents considering Waters Elementary School for their children, the school will be conducting tours on Saturday, on the hour, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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