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TXR, West Elementary celebrate anniversaries

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By ZACK OWENSBY The Wilson PostTwo local schools with rich heritages are celebrating milestone anniversaries soon of educating Wilson County’s best and brightest.Tuckers Crossroads and West Elementary are celebrating 95 and 50 years, respectively, of existence.TXR, a K-8 school on Trousdale Ferry Pike and Linwood Road, has seen generations of students pass through its hallways in search of academic excellence.“Students from this community have and continue to have an impact in the world,” said Principal Susie Breedwell. For example, William Haskell Neal, the developer of Paymaster corn, which revolutionized corn farming in Tennessee and much of the South, was a TXR student in his youth.    Because of its tight-knit relationship with the surrounding community, administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni all decided to host an open house for the school’s 95th.“This is a community-based school without many neighboring businesses to partner with,” Breedwell said. “Whenever we have a need, the community, parents, neighbors, alumni and even students pitch in to help. They are always looking for what can they do.”During the open house, which will be held Friday, May 14 from 6:30 until 8 p.m., the school will host parents, students and former students who are invited to come back to the school to reminisce and hear about the school’s future and to allow alumni to see how the school has changed.Displays of older memorabilia will be on display for visitors to view. With the school’s rich history, it shouldn’t be hard to find.The school first started as a subscription school from 1914 until 1921, Breedwell said, before it became public. A subscription school was one where parents paid teachers directly. The original building was destroyed in 1959 by fire. The current building consists of the 1960 structure plus more recent additions.A 5K Run/Walk was originally planned, but due to the recent flooding that touched families at the school, Breedwell said it has been cancelled to allow participants to assist others. All the money will be refunded and another fund raiser for technology can be held in the 2010-11 school year, she added.West Elementary will also be hosting an open house and celebration for all former administrators, teachers, parents and alumni on Wednesday, May 19 from 8 until 10 a.m.West Elementary opened in 1959 serving as a first through eighth grade school for African-American students located in the western end of Wilson County.In 1969, West was desegregated and began serving students in grades five and six. In 1974, the front addition of West opened and began serving students in grades one through six.Kindergarten was incorporated in January 1975, and the school still educates students from kindergarten to sixth grades.For more information, visit the schools’ websites at www.wcschools.com/txr and www.wcschools.com/wes.Staff Writer Zack Owensby may be contacted at zowensby@wilsonpost.com.
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