SOUTH TAMPA — Mitchell Elementary kicked off a year of celebrations as the new school year opened last week.
A ribbon cutting started the centennial celebration for the school at 205 S. Bungalow Park.
First-year principal Debbie Anderson, who previously served as the school’s assistant principal, greeted students and families, saying, “We should be very proud.”
Teachers and staff lined the sidewalks to “clap in” the families, many of whom had breakfast with the new assistant principal, Kevin Moon.
Anderson said the year will focus on celebrating the past, working in the present and preparing for the future.
The school of about 625 children will have various activities and programs for the students, such as the 100th Day of the 100th year, as well as a free public event set for Feb. 22. Specific details are not final but organizers says it probably will be an old-fashioned ice cream social on the lawn with honors for alumni and special guests.