The Rock Hill school district will mark 125 years of public education in the city with a day of celebration on Wednesday.
Across the district, each employee and student will get to celebrate the quasquicentennial with a slice of birthday cake. There also will be a celebratory balloon launch in front of each school at 2 p.m.
The district chose this week to mark the occasion because its International Education Week, said district spokeswoman Elaine Baker. The last time the district had a celebration like this was 25 years ago, when Rock Hill schools marked 100 years.
The school system is something we all can remember and attach our personal lives to it, Baker said. Weve all been to school.
The celebratory activities should appeal to even the youngest Rock Hill students, she said.
They will comprehend birthday cake, Baker said of children who probably cant understand just how long 125 years is. They will understand that somebody or something is celebrating a birthday, and thats always good.
Wednesday evening, there will be a celebration at the Flexible Learning Center, where people who were instrumental in the history of the district will gather. On the walls of that building is a painted timeline of the districts history, first created by longtime district employee Harriet Bucy and continued after her death by Independence Elementary art teacher Jimmie Matthews.
It features paintings, historical photographs, articles and explanations of major events.
Rachel Southmayd • 803-329-4072