Faculty, alumni recall 6 decades of teaching neighborhood's kids
When Jacquetta Haygood walks out of Jackson Elementary on Friday, she will go into local history as the school's last principal. But she knows the legacy she leaves behind for the school's former students is one of community and learning to succeed in life despite obstacles.
Jackson Elementary will close Friday when the school year ends, a victim of steadily declining enrollment. The school hosted a small, informal reunion for those who have been part of the Jackson Elementary family since it opened in 1955. People of all ages hugged and talked with much laughter and tears.
There was food, and musical entertainment from some of the current students who will go to Ridgecrest and Hugh Bish elementary schools in the fall.
Trophies and certificates from nearly six decades of Jackson's history were on display, along with yearbooks. Many attendees also brought their own pictures of time spent at Jackson. A teacher-created slideshow highlighted life at the school over the decades.
Susan Perry, who attended Jackson from 1963 to 1969, is now a reading recovery specialist for Lawton Public Schools.