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MacAfee Road School Celebrates 50 Years With Barbecue For Students, Staff and Alumni

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Several hundred people showed up for the MacAfee Road School’s 50th anniversary barbecue on June 10.


Students, staff – past and present – and alumni gathered at MacAfee Road School June 10 to remember old times, renew friendships, and eat.

The occasion was a barbecue picnic attended by several hundred people. Organized by MacAfee staff, the picnic was meant to “commemorate 50 years of service to the community,” said Susan Lenczewski, a MacAfee teacher.

She said the event’s organizing committee was staffed by 40 teachers.

“We just came together, like a family comes together for a picnic,” she said.

The menu included barbecue staples such as hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, watermelon and corn-on-the-cob.

Attendees were also treated to performances by the school’s glee club and two dance troupes.

A number of alumni showed up, some coming from out-of-state.

Amanda Liebig and her brother, Ethan, came to the picnic from their home in Yardley, Pa. Amanda was a student until 2010, while her brother left the school in 2011.

“Everything looks almost the same,” Amanda Liebig said. “I’ve seen a lot of our old teachers, which has been great.”

“I love it,” Nathan Liebig said. “I wanted to see our old teachers.”

Michael and Casey Lance, also brother and sister, graduated in 2008 and 2012, respectively.

“There are a lot of good memories here,” Michael Lance said.

“I miss it a lot, I wish I was back,” his sister said,

Another brother and sister who visited were Crystal and Christopher Arana. Crystal graduated in 2004 and her brother in 2014.

“I liked being here because it brings back memories,” she said. “I remember how much fun MacAfee was.”

“It’s nice to see all the teachers,” Christopher Arana said.

Justin Pride left the school two years ago, and noted that the school looked different from when he went there.

The event also attracted former staff members. Teacher Bernice Green and librarian Linda Bolin left the school six years ago.

“I taught here 39 years,” Green said. “It’s the most amazing and fabulous place to work.”

Green said her visit was “a little nostalgic,” but she was able “to see special friends.”

Bolin said she’d been back since leaving the school, and that this day she remembered her children through their parents.

“It’s wonderful to be back,” she said.

2016 MacAfee 50th Anniversary Barbecue

 

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