It was 50’s Day at Washington Primary School on Wednesday as students came dressed in the attire of that decade, danced to the music that was popular way back then and immersed themselves in numbers, numbers and more numbers.
Students, teachers, support staff and even Principal Michelle Richards joined in on the fun. Some of the outfits were striking, especially for the girls, with lots of pinks and poodle skirts, long dresses and a ton of fabrics and pleats, leather jackets and all kinds of bright colors and patterns.
Washington’s boys’ came decked out, too, with dress shirts and pants, smart suits, fedoras, rolled up dungarees and white socks, white tee shirts, shirts cutoff at the shoulders and all sorts of other period wear. Some wore sunglasses and slicked back their hair.
Dr. Richards wore one of the most eye-catching combinations with lipstick and black and white saddle shoes to match. There was 50’s music in the gym and in many rooms around the building.
The special time was purposely held to coincide with the 50th day of the 2019/20 school year.
In classrooms, students embraced numbers while playing a variety of math related games. There were puzzles, problems, playing cards, dice and even mock clocks, which students set to the appropriate time on command.
Although they were born decades after it first captured the world’s fancy, students embraced the 50’s music. When it first blared in the gym, most of the 55 youngsters there broke out into dance, as if on command. It was truly a sight to behold.
Students and teachers posed in the main lobby and in their classrooms for a series of photos to commemorate the day. They really seemed to revel in the special clothing.
“We had so much fun, but the day also served a great educational purpose,” Dr. Richards said. “Our teachers really stepped up and provided some very cool lessons that went over well.”