GIRARD — An entire school district in Girard celebrated its city’s 150th “birthday” with the community on Wednesday.
For weeks kindergarteners through high school students prepared for the event by creating a skit, practicing a special Girard song and posting historical research posters and timelines in the halls.
Some students took a tour of Girard. and on Tuesday kindergarten students from R.V. Haderlein Elementary School walked to the Girard Post Office where they were taught the history of the building and the services it provides. Afterwards, they walked to Eastside Cafe where the owner provided drinks, coloring sheets and served birthday cakes to each student. The students’ tour ended at the deer statue and singing "Happy Birthday'' to Girard.
At the birthday celebration on Wednesday, the students showed off their hard work.
Girard Mayor Mickey Pyle spoke in front of the group of students surrounded by community in the bleachers.
The mayor thanked the Girard school district, community, city administration and employees, strategic planning group and others who had made the event possible. He proclaimed Feb. 28, 2018 as a day to celebrate “Girard’s history and celebrate the rich city,” he said.
Afterwords, R.V. Haderlein Elementary School kindergarteners sang the “Dr. Strong Song,” which is about founder Charles Strong, they were lead by USD 248 Music Teacher John Womeldorff.
He also directed the skit the third and fourth grade ambassadors put on called the “History of Girard.”
“They got to play different people from different parts of Girard’s history,” Sesquicentennial Committee Member Nancy Bauer said.
The skit included how Girard was founded by Charles Strong and the businesses and people which made city the place it is today.
Fourth grader Seth Wilson represented Charles Strong in the skit.
In 50 years from now at Girard’s bicentennial Wilson said, “I will always remember I played the founder of Girard and was part of the 150th birthday of Girard.”
Another student, fifth grader Caroline Jagels said she will remember the skit and most of all the high school drummers.
Three-year-old Aubree Hanks of Girard, went to the celebration with her father Curtis Hanks.
“I’m glad the community and schools had an opportunity to celebrate together,” he said. “I’m glad to be part of it and give her this experience.”
Throughout the year there will be more sesquicentennial events to celebrate the city. To find out more information people can contact the Girard Area Chamber or go to girard150.com.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.