October 3, 2013

Cumberland Head Elementary celebrates 50th anniversary

CUMBERLAND HEAD — This weekend, Cumberland Head Elementary School will celebrate its 50th year in existence.

Since its inception in 1963, the school has been at the center of many young lives in the community, according to Principal Garth Frechette.

“We are an example of all the great things that can happen when caring educators and loving families come together,” he told the Press-Republican in an email. “I am proud to be a part of this 50th-year celebration.”

The festivities kick off Friday with a pot luck luncheon at the school for current and retired employees, followed by a school-wide assembly.

“Each class will sing a song, (and) we will then sing ‘Happy Birthday’ as a whole school,” Frechette said.

In addition, both the luncheon and assembly will feature slideshows chronicling the institution’s history.

Though Cumberland Head Elementary has undergone multiple additions over the years, the principal noted, it exists in its original location.

It is part of the Beekmantown Central School District.


On Sunday, the anniversary celebration will continue with the school’s second-annual Eaglepalooza, featuring a host of activities for the entire community.

The free event will take place at the school from 8 a.m. to noon and will include a bake sale, music, pumpkin decorating, face-painting, bouncy houses, games for children and access to Cumberland Head Elementary’s new playground.

“It is sponsored by our PTO and is a way to give back to the community that supports our fundraising efforts all school year,” Frechette said.

Also part of Eaglepalooza will be a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon in the school cafeteria, fun runs for children at 8:15 a.m. and a 5K run at 9 a.m.

The breakfast will cost $3 per person or $12 for families of five or more.

The 1-mile fun run and one with a 1/2-mile course will cost $2 per participant and will take place in the school’s backyard.

And for $5, individuals may participate in the 5K run, which starts in the school parking lot then goes to the Cumberland Head ferry docks and back.

Individuals must register to participate in the runs and may do so in advance at the school’s main office.

“Everyone is welcome,” Frechette said.

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