Warren T. Jackson Elementary School will host a bigger than ever fundraising event this year as the Sandy Springs-based school approaches its 50th anniversary.
“Jackson Elementary holds an auction every other year; however, because this is this year is the school's golden an-niversary, we have decided to turn it into a Gala to celebrate 50 years of academic excellence,” said Chase Clemo, gala co-chair.
The event will include dinner, open bar, live and silent auctions, live music, dancing and food trucks at the end of the evening, AnnaBeth Tidwell gala co-chair.
The school body is also celebrating in many ways.
“We have taken pause to reflect on our past and prepare for our future,” said Lorraine B. Reich school principal.
In 1966, Jackson was a small, neighborhood school of about 300 students. Now it has 830 students from kinder-garten to fifth grade in two separate campuses.
The main school campus is located at 1325 Mt. Paran Road and the extension at 4191 Northside Drive.
“We enjoy the support of our community and produce high achieving, principled and caring students who make us proud every day,” said Reich.
The school has been celebrating all year, not only the golden milestone but the retirement of Reich after 17 years as the principal as well.
“I could not be prouder of my tenure as principal at Jackson,” Reich said, who retires in June.
She has seen the school grow, both in size and in stature, the principal said, “Parents who choose to send their chil-dren to Jackson do so knowing their child will receive a quality education and be prepared for success anywhere else.”
About 500 guests are expected to attend the gala, which is not limited to school families, Clemo and Tidwell are welcoming alumni, retired teachers, staff, etc.
“People should attend the gala to celebrate and support their local community school, spend time with multi-generations of Jackson families and friends,” said Tidwell.
The school has a rich learning environment that the community can enjoy at the gala or at its facilities.
“We believe strongly in the foundations of learning. We are very much a ‘reading’ school. Our library circulation is significant and our students are avid readers,” said Reich, adding “I have learned a great deal from our faculty as well as from our community,” that professional collaboration is what she will miss the most.
Jackson will continue to thrive, Reich said, as the backbone of caring, competent adults work tirelessly alongside parents, to provide opportunities for every student to experience some successes every day.
Want to go?
What: Celebrate 50 - Warren T. Jackson 50th Anniversary Gala
When: February 20 from 7:30 to 11pm
Where: Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Buckhead
Tickets: $125 per person
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