70 years for Hendricks Elementary School

70 years for Hendricks  Elementary School

October marks 70 years of Hendricks Elementary School and local community leaders are coming together for a celebration.
Friends of Hendricks, a local nonprofit helping generate private funds for the neighborhood school, is planning a special flag-raising ceremony at the campus on Oct. 5. The event, which begins at 8:30 a.m., will include the presentation of an American flag that flew over Washington, D.C.’s U.S. Capitol Building on Aug. 20 in Hendricks’ honor.
Several local school board and city leaders are expected to be at the flagpole for the event including District 5 City Councilwoman Lori Boyer, school board representative W.C. Gentry and Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown.
In addition to the 70 years, the school also is celebrating a rare milestone — 42 years of 100 percent PTA membership participation, according to PTA President Stephanie Helton.
“Since the school opened its doors in the 1940s, families have evolved from the traditional one working parent and stay-at-home mom to single-parent families and dually employed partners. In all this time, one thing that has not waivered is parental involvement,” Helton said. “Parents and volunteers are what truly makes Hendricks special — without them we would not be able to orchestrate the much-loved activities, special events and programs that bring our students and families the enjoyment and security of our close-knit family.”
No birthday party would be complete without food and cake, and local businesses have stepped up to make sure no one escapes the day hungry.
Jersey Mike’s Subs, which recently opened a restaurant on Hendricks Avenue, is donating food for the school’s faculty and staff. Students will get birthday cupcakes during their lunch period — and each child receives one free homework
assignment pass.

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