Lee Elementary School Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Local Elementary School Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Education with Community-Wide Event

Austin, TX (Sept. 30, 2014) – Lee Elementary (Lee), a local elementary school serving students from the Hyde Park, Hancock, North University and Eastwood neighborhoods, is hosting a celebration of the school’s 75th anniversary on Oct. 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 3308 Hampton Road.

The free, community-wide event welcomes current, former and future Lee students to attend and take part in the rich history of Lee elementary. Texas music icons and current Lee parents, Hayes Carll and Bruce Robison, will perform live music at the event.

A staple for The University of Texas and Austin community over the past 75 years, Lee Elementary helped expand the young minds of NFL quarterback Drew Brees, award-winning author and illustrator Greg Foley, actress Zoe Graham and many more influential individuals over the past 75 years.

Guests will be able to tour the original building and auditorium from 1939 along with a display of art and photos reflecting the history of Lee.

Speakers at the event include Lee Principal John Hewlett; PTA President Kim Brackin; past president of the Lee PTA and Austin Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole; and former Lee principal Mary Lou Clayton who served Lee for 22 years. Special guests include council members Kathy Tovo and Chris Riley.

"It is an honor to provide leadership to a school with such a rich history," said John Hewlett, Principal of Lee Elementary. "I am very thankful to all the community members and parents who came together to plan this event. The amount of collaboration and support has made me feel truly welcome as the new principal of Lee and underscores how special this community truly is."

Various food trucks including Slab BBQ, Hot Box Diner, Stony’s Pizza, Jim-Jim’s Water Ice and Juice Austin will be selling food to the pubic along with free water and soft drinks provided by the PTA. Visitors will be treated to a Lee-themed anniversary cake by Lee parent Paloma Efron of Coco Paloma Desserts, French macarons by Lee parent Tracey Cole of Cookie Peace, and dark chocolate truffle lollipops by Lee parent Steve Lawrence of the Chocolate Makers Studio.

Guests are encouraged to bring canned food items for the Capital Area Food Bank and organizers of the event are looking for Lee Elementary alumni to share their memories from the school and invite them to attend the event.

Alumni of Lee Elementary are invited to share their Lee memories at ww.bit.ly/LeeElem! By submitting their best memory of Lee, in 150 words or less, they will have a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Julio's! The winner will be chosen by committee vote the week of Oct. 5th.

Notable Lee alumni include:

· New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees

· Musician Warren Hood

· Award-winning author and illustrator Greg Foley

· Moton Crockett , former director of the University of Texas Longhorn Band

· George H. Fancher, Jr., owner of Fancher Oil Company

· Billy Brooks, actor and member of Esther's Follies cast

· Mecahd Brooks, television actor

· Isaac Winburne, founding member of Mother Falcon

About Lee Elementary

Robert E. Lee was built in 1939 among large, old Live Oak trees on Waller Creek, three blocks north of the University of Texas campus. The first students attended Lee in September of 1939. It was the first AISD School fueled by natural gas instead of coal.

Over the years several renovations and additions have been completed for the Lee campus. The gym and cafeteria were added in 1952. The library, computer lab and two classrooms were completed in August of 1988. New play equipment was installed in 1999 and a third playscape was added in 2001. The elevator and major electrical renovations were completed during the fall of 2006. An outdoor classroom was added in 2012. The fact that Lee is bounded by Waller Creek means that expansion in portable buildings has not been an option, so the school has remained small.

Some of the programs that Lee is proud to provide include a Fine Arts focus that involves a variety of drama, music and dance performances in the auditorium for all Lee students. Lee is the only elementary school with an auditorium that can house all of the students at the same time. Every student becomes a performer twice each year during programs that extend the curriculum.

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