Outside Pinewood Intermediate School Friday, Sept. 5, it looked like students and staff had traveled back in time to 1958 when the Hula Hoop was the hottest toy on store shelves, Mr. Potato Head was new and Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat Comes Back was first published.
More than 700 students, staff and alumni celebrated Pinewood's 50th anniversary with a walk back in time featuring '50s music and costumes.
"As we look upon the past, present and future of Pinewood school, we are proud of the history we have made, our present goals for all of our students to be successful, and our future initiatives to prepare students for tomorrow's world," said Pinewood Principal Michele Hunter.
The celebration included the unveiling of a time capsule from 1958, a history of Mr. Potato Head, a Hula Hoop contest and reading from Dr. Seuss' book.
School officials recovered the time capsule from the school's cornerstone, which contained a cumulative health record, a report card, a student registration form, the proposed 1958-59 school budget, the elementary curriculum, class lists, two newspapers, parent correspondence for kindergarten programs, and a letter from former Board of Education member Howard Engle about the new building.
In the book, "The Cat and the Hat Comes Back," Dr. Seuss refers to purchasing shoes for only $10. Math teacher Josh Hughes, who participated in the ceremony, said it is apparent that the book is old from the price of the shoes. He said today students probably have trouble buying shoelaces for $10. Teachers acted out the story for the students, who were familiar with the famous author but unaware of the fact that the book was published 50 years ago.
Former kindergarten teacher Mary Williams, who still substitutes for the school, said, "As you can see, the building has changed, the equipment and the supplies," Williams said. "But one thing that hasn't changed is the teachers. The teachers, they're here to do the best job for you."