Swift School Celebrates Their 100th Anniversary
May 13, 2014
This month marks the centennial of George B. Swift Elementary School in Edgewater. Swift Elementary is a neighborhood school that serves Pre-K through 8th grade, with an integrated fine arts and performance magnet program. The school has always had a strong presence in our community, with strong ties and relationships with alumni. Our very own Alderman Harry Osterman is an alumnus of Swift and continues to have a strong relationship with the administration and families Swift serves.
Swift will be celebrating with an open house for the public on Thursday, May 29 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the school, 5900 N. Winthrop. The open house will feature comments from alumni, collections and mementos found from over the last 100 years, tours of the main building and the new addition, and refreshments for all who attend. The 8th graders will be acting as docents, bringing people on tours and providing information on the school history as well as highlights of some of the unique current programming. There will be a performance by the 100-student choir. There will be appetizers, desserts and beverages contributed by 15 restaurants and businesses in the neighborhood. Among speakers are Harry Osterman, Barbara Byrd Bennett, Walter Jacobson and other famous alumni. The celebration on May 29 is intended for alumni and teachers, former principals, and others involved with the school over the last 100 years.
The following day will be for the students to celebrate the school’s centennial. They have a full day scheduled with activities to mark the important day. The 1st graders will be releasing 100 butterflies outside on the playground. The 3rd graders will be doing 100 acts of kindness, and the choir will sing for all the students.
Also coming up is the school’s annual musical “Guys and Dolls” on May 15 and 16. The show is about an hour long and open to the community. For families and community members interested in learning more about Swift Elementary and all it has to offer, feel free to attend one of the performances or stop by the centennial celebration on May 29!