Lange Middle School celebrates its 15th anniversary

Saturday, April 21, 2012 | 7:03 p.m. CDT; updated 7:16 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 21, 2012
Principal Bernard Solomon shows off his dance skills in a competition during the 15th anniversary celebration at Lange Middle School on Saturday. Solomon has worked at Lange for three years.

COLUMBIA — Lange Middle School has a spring celebration every year, but this year's was different. It was the school's 15th anniversary, and the school decided to go all out for Saturday's celebration.

Several events were hosted by the PTA for students and their families. The festivities started at 2 p.m. and stretched throughout the day.


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"The teachers did a nice job of setting up social activities," Kay Smith, a parent at the event, said. "My daughter wanted to run the 5k, so that's why we're here."

Several activity booths were scattered across the lawn in front of the school: 

  • A sweets walk, which gave away more than cake.
  • A pie-throwing event. Several students lined up to chuck pies at their faculty, while the rest sat back and laughed.
  • A hula hoop football toss, where students would test their aim and throw a football through the hoops.
  • A "You Think You Can Dance" event where students gathered around in a circle and attempted to out dance each other to the music playing outside. Even the school's principal, Bernard Solomon, got involved.
  • A 5k run/walk stretching along Smiley Lane to provide fundraising for the PTA.

A parking lot full of families showed up for the anniversary event and took part in the planned activities, the most popular of which seemed to be the 5k.

"We're here because our son Ethan is running in the 5k," parent Jan Mccrary said. "He's got a bet going on with his teacher that he can beat him."

Holly Sturek, a learning specialist at Lange, put together the 5k event to add something new to the fundraiser.

"We sell cookies, we sell pizza, we sell sandwiches," she said. "We wanted to do a fundraiser that wasn't selling things and I was doing a triathlon at the time, so that's how this idea came together."

Solomon, the principal, was active at the celebration and took part in several events.

"This is a great celebration," he said. "We want to make sure the community understands that we want to be involved. We want to make it a positive experience for our kids."

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