Founder’s Day — A Celebration to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary School Year

The Prairie School: Putting Students First for 50 years!

Monday, September 8 was not just another day at The Prairie School. The day marked a significant milestone in the history of the school, the Racine community, and the lives of those who were and are privileged to be a part of this remarkable community.

With over 700 students, faculty and honorees present, the original circle drive filled with students and community members eager to begin the morning’s festivities. Opening remarks were made by student body president Mateo Garcia-Novelli 15′, head of school Dr. Nathaniel Coffman. We were also honored to have Prairie alumnus and a member of one of the founding families, Kevin Malone 75′ join us along with co-founder and chairwoman Mrs. Imogene Johnson whose vision and dedication helped bring us where we are today. In her welcome remarks, Mrs. Johnson shared:

“We wanted Prairie to be a school that would bring out the best of every child. Today we embark on our next 50 years because of so many who have cared about children and supported our dreams and hopes for the school. Parents, teachers, in fact the entire community have joined together to become our extended Prairie family. Their hard work and dedication have made Prairie School who we are today.

A lot has changed over the years. We are a much bigger and a much better school in so many ways. However, one thing has not changed, our purpose — To be a place where children are inspired to learn and where they thrive as individuals, a place filled with young people who care about each other and about making the world a better place.”

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Immediately following Mrs. Johnson’s remarks, a time capsule that was buried at the end of the first school year in 1966 and again during the 25th year celebration was uncovered. Remnants including an old yearbook, photos, class lists, student letters, and clothing were unveiled for all to see.

Shortly after, students, faculty and visitors gathered to take an all-school photo forever marking this momentous occasion. This truly was a special day of honoring the excellence that Prairie has fostered.

Thank you to everyone to who attended, to those who have supported our mission for the past 50 years, and to those who will continue to allow the school to provide our students the best opportunity to learn, grow and excel as young people.

And finally, a special thanks to the founding families who took the challenge upon themselves to provide a private, independent, and thriving school for their children.

Continue to follow us as we celebrate through the entire school year. #50YearsofPrairie

Check out a few photos from the event! (View the entire gallery)

Founder's Day Celebration

Aerial Video (Produced by John Rowland)

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