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Wilkinson Elementary gathers STEAM in 50th anniversary year

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THUMBS UP: Wilkinson Elementary students celebrate at a previous event. The school celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

SARASOTA, Dec. 14, 2017 – Students, parents, staff and guests — including graduates, former teachers and administrators — are marking the 50th anniversary of  Wilkinson Elementary School this year. A special birthday celebration is set for 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15, in the cafeteria and on the grounds.

The theme for the anniversary celebration is “Where the Past Meets the Present and Looks to the Future.” Speakers at the event will include parents, former teachers and William H. Muth, Jr., longtime Wilkinson principal (1986-2007). The school’s chorus will perform and student artwork will be displayed. A vision for the future will be shared and school tours will be offered.   

Wilkinson Elementary, which sits in a park-like setting of stately oak trees, opened in the fall of 1967. Peter Miller was the first principal; there were 39 students in each classroom. 

The school was rebuilt in 2007. It includes an outdoor theater that has hosted many events over the years. Wilkinson is currently establishing a STEAM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) in partnership with Faulhaber Fab Lab, The Florida House, Suncoast Polytechnical High School and Suncoast Technical College, which are all near the Wilkinson campus. This year the school will add a unique “STEAM courtyard,” designed for outdoor learning opportunities.   

Wilkinson Elementary is located at 3400 Wilkinson Road, Sarasota. 

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