Belinder celebrates 60th anniversary with cake, young historical interpreters

Serving up slices of 60th birthday cake in the Belinder cafeteria.

In more than 20 years at Belinder Elementary, Principal Karen Faucher has seen a few things change.

When she started, the card catalog was students’ best reference tool. Today, she says, the amount of resources kids have at their disposal is mind boggling.

“They have all the information they need at the tip of their fingers,” she said.

But Faucher thinks one thing about Belinder has been as constant as it is impressive: Families keep coming back. At the school’s 60th Anniversary Open House Tuesday, Faucher saw families who now had a third-generation child in class.

“You’ll see people who come in and say, ‘You know, I graduated from here and now my grandchild is here,'” she said. “It’s reflective of the community and how strong and supportive it is. Everyone stays here.”

Hundreds of current and former students and families mingled through the halls, cafeteria, classrooms and gym for the open house, which showcased student work and celebrated the school’s history. Belinder officially opened in January 1952.

“It’s a great school community in a great neighborhood,” Faucher said. “It’s been fun to see all the families who have history here.”

5th grader Levi Crowell did a mean impression of Harry Truman as part of the Belinder students' "Heroes Project." Parents could tap a "button" on the floor in front of several students like Crowell and hear them deliver a brief speech about the hero's accomplishments.
5th grader Catherine Ehrich embodied Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low as part of the Heroes display.