The week of October 17-21, Fairmont Elementary School in Yorba Linda celebrated its 50-year anniversary. The campus first opened its doors in 1972 and it derives its name from the street on which it is located. It occupies part of the large Mexican Land Grant awarded to Don Bernardo Yorba.
To kick off the celebration, students and staff members dressed in 70s attire to pay tribute to the decade Fairmont opened on Tuesday, October 18. Then on October 19, a special morning assembly for students, staff, families, and members of the community was held on campus. Many wore special 50-year anniversary spirit wear.
During the event, Principal Anne San Roman and Assistant Principal Liana Cadena welcomed all in attendance and introduced honored guests including Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Board Vice President, Marilyn Anderson, Trustee Karin Freeman, Superintendent Dr. Michael Matthews, and Assistant Superintendents Dr. Linda Adamson and Dr. Rick Lopez.
“We thank all those that have gone before us in building this strong center of learning and we owe it to them to continue this work,” Principal San Roman shared. “We also owe it to those who will come after us after we are gone to work hard now to continue to make Fairmont Elementary an exemplary school.”
Former principals and assistant principals, staff members, alumni, and parents shared messages about the strong sense of family that is present at Fairmont as well as the longstanding commitment to academic excellence. Students from each of the grade levels—transitional kindergarten through sixth grade—then took turns performing a special song or chant that exemplified their pride in their school.
“We believe here at Fairmont Elementary that every child can achieve success,” noted Principal San Roman. “We are all still learning and will continue to work and learn to help cultivate the most important resource we have – the children we educate that will be our future leaders and some of whom in another 50 years will be standing here.”
After the assembly, attendees gathered in the school’s multi-purpose room to continue the festivities and look at photos and memorabilia from across the decades. The display reminded those in attendance of Fairmont’s rich history and traditions.
On Thursday, October 20, Fairmont then hosted a 50th anniversary-themed afterschool carnival for all to enjoy. The events were made possible in large part by the school’s supportive PTA. Congratulations and happy anniversary, Falcons!