Fifty years ago, the story of the little Laguna Indian boy, Joaquin, came to life for children in northeast Provo when they were the first students to enter the doors at Joaquin Elementary School.
And now during the school's golden jubilee, the Joaquin faculty plans once again to get students involved in the school's rich heritage by celebrating its 50th birthday Sept. 14.LuWana Edwards, golden anniversary coordinator for the school, said the school will have a flower show, something that was a "big thing back then," a marbles and jacks tournament and a party for students and parents and former students, teachers and anyone else associated with the school in the past 50 years.
A time capsule, a commemorative booklet and Indian and early school artifacts will also be collected as part of the celebration.
"We would like to catch the attention of all the students who have ever gone to this school and all the teachers who have taught here," Edwards said.
Former teachers and students are invited to a birthday open house Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. The former principals at Joaquin will also attend.
Current students and their parents are invited to a party at 2 p.m. that day. There will be a program with songs and a slide show.
Marlin Palmer, principal at Joaquin, said, "A lot of people, once they leave an elementary school, may never get back in one. I suspect a lot that have gone here will like to come back."
Edwards said the school plans to celebrate the school's 50th birthday "all year long, and make it memorable for the kids here. They may never go to another school with an (anniversary) celebration."