In a celebration marking the 75th anniversary of South Colonie, students and faculty across all eight schools stepped back in time by dressing up in various decades’ fashion for the 75th day of school festivities.
Roessleville Elementary led the charge in ’70s attire, meanwhile, Saddlewood took a chronological journey showcasing 1950s to the 2000s. Veeder Elementary transported everyone to the ’90s, offering a blast from the past with a display of ’90s items. Students got the chance to guess these nostalgic artifacts, adding an interactive element to Veeder’s 75th day celebration.
Over at Colonie Central High School, Lisha Kill, Sand Creek, Shaker Road, and Forest Park the ’80s took center stage, creating a vibrant atmosphere reminiscent of the iconic decade. Some of the schools went a step further, showcasing staff born in the ‘80s and immersed students in the era with ‘80s music playing between classes.
“We wanted to do something fun that showcased the history and progress of students and the changing fashions over the past 75 years,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Perry. “We are not just celebrating a number; we are celebrating the shared history and accomplishments of our district.”
The capstone of the festivities, the “75 Acts of Kindness for 75 Years” campaign, brought a similar sense of accomplishment. Both Saddlewood and Roessleville concluded the campaign with special activities planned during the 75th day of school.
“As the 75th-anniversary celebrations continue, the legacy of kindness established through our acts of kindness campaign serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of unity and compassion that is echoed in our curriculum and in our schools,” Perry added. “We look forward to continuing the celebration throughout the year.”
The next community event to celebrate will be held on Friday, Jan. 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Hangar at 743. In honor of the 75th anniversary, iCare students are partnering with the Prescott Foundation to host the “Garnet (chili) and Gold (mac & cheese)” expanding upon the traditional chili-cook off event adding an extra layer of deliciousness with a mac and cheese component.