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Northeast Hamilton celebrates 50 years as a district; students bring VIPs to school

April 18, 2013
Teresa Wood ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

BLAIRSBURG - Students at Northeast Hamilton Elementary School celebrated VIP Day on Wednesday by marking the 50th anniversary of the school.

Some of the current day acitivities included games of yesteryear, identifying past graduates, exploring technology, story time and a NEH Trivia Quiz.

"It's pretty neat," said Peggy Moore.

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Northeast Hamilton Elementary School students celebrated VIP Day by commemorating the school's 50th anniversary. The first graduating class of the consolidated schools of Kamrar, Blairsburg and Williams collected its diplomas in the spring of 1963. The VIP Day is an annual event at the school when students bring a special person in their life to celebrate the day with them. Above, Beau Klaver gets some schooling on how to play Jacks from his grandmothers Pat Klaver and Angie Applegate.

"Some of the games were pretty hard," said Melvin Moore. "I found out I wasn't a kid anymore."

"I love it," admits Tawnia Tempel, whose husband Larry graduated from NEH in 1969. "I come every year. I love to see how much the school and the kids have grown".

In the spring of 1963, the school districts of Williams, Blairsburg and Kamrar joined together and presented its first graduating class of the new school.

Pam Holt Doolittle was the vice president of the Class of 1963 and remembers many firsts that year.

"There were a lot of firsts that year. We were the first graduating class of NEH," she said. "And I ended up being the first graduate of NEH elected to the school board."

Doolittle recalls the excitement of being in that initial class.

"We got to name everything - not just our class, but everybody. We got to pick our colors, a name, a mascot. There were a lot of things to deal with," she said.

But even though parents worried about bringing together three school districts, the students adapted well, she said.

"We just learned to deal with it and we were fine,"Doolittle said. "We just learned to get along and to enjoy each other".

Doolittle notes that her husband Dennis was a member of the last graduating class from Blairsburg in 1962.

"He went to the same school, the same building, but it was a whole different school then," she said.



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