Mountain Park Elementary celebrates 40 years

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ROSWELL, Ga. – Hundreds of children, adults, grandparents and friends celebrated Mountain Park Elementary’s 40-year anniversary, Friday, Sept. 20 on the back field of the school.

Mountain Park Elementary School opened in August 1973, with 250 students in first through seventh grades. The school now houses more than 800 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Mountain Park Elementary was named after Mountain Park, a town and nature preserve next to the school.

“From 1973 to 2013, Mountain Park Elementary (MPE) has remained a special place for alumni and current students,” said Stacy Perlman, principal of MPE. “We were so thrilled to be able to share our birthday event with the community.”

Dr. Doris Robertson, principal at MPE from 1981-1983, cut the first piece of the birthday cake.

“What an honor it was for me to be invited to attend Mountain Park Elementary School’s 40th birthday party,” said Robertson. “Highlights of the evening were a gracious welcome from Principal Stacy Perlman, an opportunity to greet former MPE students and parents – who are now parents and grandparents of MPE students – and many trips down memory lane.”

Robertson said that reflecting on this gala event, she wanted to thank the school for making her feel welcomed and to congratulate the Mountain Park school community for its enthusiasm and support for such planned events.

The celebration, held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., featured dancing to tunes spun by DJ Tim Davis along with free hot dogs, chips and drinks.

The school was recently honored with the Blue Ribbon distinction for 2013 by the U.S. Department of Education, one of the highest honors bestowed in the U.S. for schools.

For more information, go to www.mpes.org or contact Jayne Gillis, public relations co-liaison for Mountain Park Elementary at 404-453-3086 or jmjungle@yahoo.com.