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A little rain can't stop Bond Mill's 50th[West Laurel]

Laurel Leader

The Bond Mill PTO Carnival and the Bond Mill Elementary 50th Anniversary celebration was a huge success.

Due to the buckets of rain that poured, the festivities were all held inside the school. It was quite a feat to transform so many outdoor activities into indoor activities and make it all work. It’s a tribute to all the many PTO volunteers, BMES staff and Principal Justin FitzGerald who adjusted the goal and made a great day brighter.

Hundreds of people came through the little school that was transformed in record time. Kids and their parents and grandparents enjoyed the rides, the games and activities. Kids roamed the halls with painted faces donning crazy hats they had won. Everybody was a good sport; there were smiles and laughing everywhere you looked.

The stage was transformed for the famous Cake Walk and kids of all ages walked for cupcakes and cakes to the beat of the awesome DJ. It was crowded but it sure didn’t look like anyone minded.

The 50th Anniversary Celebration 1968 – 2018 was shared in the classroom with tons of pictures, memorabilia and lots of anniversary cake for all. Alumni were snapping pictures with their cell phones of their own class pictures from different generations - kindergarten to sixth grade. A lot of memory sharing was going on, with talk about happy days gone by, teachers from way back when and how familiar everything still seemed.

There are still a handful of commemorative T-shirts in sizes large and x-large in the school office if you want to pick one up for $10.

It was a grand day for so many of us. By Monday morning, the school looked as if hundreds of people were never there. Instruction went on as usual. More memories are meant to be had at the little school tucked away in the hub of our community, West Laurel.

Happy 50 years anniversary Bond Mill Elementary.

The awards and accolades are rolling in at Bond Mill Elementary. Four of the students won a total of eight prestigious awards at the Prince George’s County Public School STEM Fair.

Demetrius Capers won first place in the Energy, Chemical, and Physical Science category. David Curry won third place for his project in the engineering category. Oliver Fritz won best project for Life Science out of all projects for all third, fourth and fifth graders. He was also the overall first place winner for third grade. Martin McCall won the grand award for fourth grade, overall category winner in Embedded Systems, first place in Embedded Systems and most outstanding student in STEM Award.

These young scholars knocked it out of the ball park for Bond Mill making the 50th anniversary celebration a home run!

Circle Friday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m., on your calendar. The West Laurel Recreation Council and West Laurel Civic Association are sponsoring The Bike with Officer Mike – Bike Parade and Ice Cream Social extravaganza. By popular demand, the children’s bike parade is back. Kids should bring their decorated bikes to the West Laurel Community Building to ride with police escort (adults, too) and there will be an ice cream social afterwards.

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