Whitcomb Elementary Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Whitcomb Elementary Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Posted on 12/05/2018
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More than 100 students, parents, staff and alumni of G. H. Whitcomb Elementary School gathered on Saturday, December 1, 2018 to celebrate the campus’ 50th Anniversary. Principal Dianna Kattner led the festivities with entertainment provided by the Whitcomb Elementary 4th Grade Choir.

During the ceremony, students shared their progress on a special 50th anniversary tile mosaic that will hang in the hallways of Whitcomb Elementary. Guest speakers included former Whitcomb teachers Glen Bridges and Jeanne Goode, who took guests on a trip down memory lane with stories of the school’s beginnings in 1968. Kattner also reminisced on the treasured Whitcomb Giraffe traditions and the beloved spirit for the school shared by students and the community.

“The words that you hear people repeat year after year, whether they work here, visit here, or bring their children to school here are ‘there is such a warm feeling here’ or ‘it just feels like a family here,’” Kattner explained. “The students of Whitcomb leave and return often to see the teachers that they loved and that they knew loved them in return.  They become so much a fabric of the Whitcomb community that after they grow up and go away to college, they return to the school that taught them to love learning, so they can teach the next generation of Whitcomb Giraffes.”

Since opening its doors in 1968, Whitcomb has had a long history of helping its students grow as learners and leaders. In keeping with that tradition, the highlight of the ceremony was a special recognition to Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital for its support of the District’s expanded Leader In Me program. The program teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.

“Our District places great emphasis on talking – and walking – our core values,” said CCISD Superintendent, Dr. Greg Smith. “With the addition of The Leader In Me model and curriculum, each student understands and is prepared to assume his or her role as productive citizens. Thanks to Houston Methodist Clear Lake, in 2018, Whitcomb Elementary students have begun living out The Leader In Me not just on campus but everywhere they go.” For more information about The Leader In Me program, click here.

Click here to view the full event photo gallery.

Click here for the “Whitcomb: A Photographic Journey” presentation.

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