The 2015/ ’16 school year at Minter Creek Elementary will begin with all the usual exciting moments: making new friends, and getting to know a new teacher.

There is something extra special about this year, however. Thirty years ago, this school first opened its doors to students.

Minter Creek PTA and the school’s staff are actively planning several ways to commemorate this occasion throughout the year.

At the annual summer PTA meeting, members brainstormed many ideas on how to involve the community as well as fund celebration events. These ranged from a tiled mural highlighting student art, proposed by Minter parent Ben Warfield, to suggestions for pancake breakfasts and an ‘80s themed dance.

One of the first plans to kick off this yearlong anniversary fete is through the revamping of the school’s Spiritwear. The logo will flash back to the original 1985/’86 design on blue, white and gray colors. Shirts and sweatshirts were agreed upon at the PTA meeting, with the addition of beanies this year as well. There was also the suggestion to make sales available online for alumni who are out of the area.

Overseeing the preparation for all the fun and festivities is Maria Kusche, the event chair of the 30 Year Committee. To get the ball rolling, she encourages anyone interested in helping to attend the first PTA meeting of the year at Minter on Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. Separate planning meetings will be held as the year progresses to discuss activities and funding.

Kusche also wants past alumni to lend their memories and stories. The committee is seeking correspondence via email and Facebook that relates to Minter’s history, tell what you are doing now or share any special thoughts. Kusche really wants “the community to spread the word about meetings and start getting excited about this moment,” she said.

The PTA email is and the school’s Facebook page can be searched as Minter Creek PTA.

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