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50-year anniversary is Sept. 23-25

St. Croix Central Alumni Band performed on a float in this year's Hammond Heartland Days parade.1 / 3
The Hammond School before the 1960-61 consolidation.2 / 3
The Roberts School before the 1960-61 consolidation.3 / 3

The St. Croix Central 50-year anniversary is in less than a month.

"An anniversary is a celebration of a milestone. Hammond and Roberts will celebrate the 50th-year anniversary of the consolidation of their school districts on the weekend of Sept. 23," said Beth Monson, event organizer and 1969 SCC graduate.

After nearly a year of planning, Monson says final preparations for the St. Croix Central 50-year anniversary are starting to fall into place, but she's still waiting for people's RSVPs and pre-payments to some of the weekend events.

History

In the last 50 years the St. Croix Central District has changed a lot. In fact, the school systems in Hammond and Roberts didn't combine until 1960.

Before 1960 there were two separate schools, one Hammond School, one Roberts School.

"In 1960, the transition from Hammond School District and Roberts School District, to St. Croix Central School District, took foresight, leadership, teamwork, compromise and perseverance," said Monson. "Logistics of the new district and school loyalties were some of the issues school officials, citizens and students debated."

Eventually it was decided that the new school mascot would be a panther, school colors would be blue and white and the school song would be "Bristol."

Monson said the name of the combined districts derived from the location of the two villages.

"Hammond and Roberts are located in the center of St. Croix County, hence the district's name - St. Croix Central schools," she said.

According to Monson, the transition of the two schools into one district wasn't necessarily smooth. But, she said, administrators, teachers, staff and students were able to overcome their differences to create one successfully functioning district.

"People in Hammond and Roberts had to work together, laying aside individual differences, to accomplish a common goal: continued, quality education for the youth of Hammond and Roberts," said Monson. "I believe the goal continues today."

In 1961, St. Croix Central graduated its first class of students since becoming one district.

Although SCC has changed over the last 50 years, Monson said she's impressed how much the school system has stayed the same.

The continued academic and athletic success is something worth celebrating, and the 50-year anniversary is a great way for SCC alumni to "reconnect, reminisce and socialize," said Monson.

The weekend of Sept. 23 will have plenty of opportunities for individuals to reflect on their years at SCC.

Friday

• ALIVE Supper at SCC High School Cafeteria - 5-7 p.m., The cost is a free will donation to help with food planning. Inform Sue Frank, at the high school, if you plan on attending the dinner.

The homecoming football game starts at 7 p.m.

• SCC Class (1961-2008) gathering locations for adults only begin at 7 p.m. at the following locations:

Classes of 1961-65 - Meet at Badlands Golf Course, Roberts; 1966-72 - Meet at Hammond Golf Course, Hammond, (food from Carbone's Pizza, Roberts, will be available, at the Clubhouse, or for delivery); 1973-76 - Meet at Parkside Restaurant and Bar, Hammond; 1977-80 - Meet at Ras' on Main, Pub and Eatery, Hammond; 1981-84 - Meet at Pheasant Hills Golf Course, Hammond; 1985-90 - Meet at Hammond Hotel, Full Service Bar and Grill, Hammond; 1991-97 - Meet at L&M's Bar and Grill, Roberts; 1998- 2003 -Meet at the Sidetrack Saloon, Bar and Grill, Roberts; 2004-2008 -Meet at JJ's Sports Bar and Grill, Hammond; SCC board members, administrators, faculty and SCC employees past and present - Meet at The Barn Board Grill and Saloon and/or The Cave Inn, Roberts.

Sandy Brecht Photography will take photos of the groups at each of the "class gathering places" from 7-10 p.m. The photos will be available to view and purchase, http://www.sandybrechtph otography.com.

Saturday

• Class of 1971 - 40th reunion brunch at Ready Randy's - 11 a.m., New Richmond.

The cost of brunch is $12. Reservations are necessary to attend, contact Doris Mitchell at 715-246-7788.

• Tours of the SCC buildings - Elementary School 2:30-3:30 p.m., Middle School 3:30-4:30 p.m. and High School 4:30-6 p.m.

• Main Event: SCC 50th Anniversary Reception at Ready Randy's is 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monson says the adults-only anniversary reception is a way for alumni to get together to celebrate SCC with past classmates, colleagues or friends.

A light supper buffet is 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost of the buffet is $15 per person and includes tax and tip --If you plan to attend Saturday evening, you must RSVP and pre-pay by Sept. 7.

There will be a short program at 8 p.m. and music by Trigger Happy and Boondoggle is 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sunday

• Ecumenical Church Service, 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, on Highway TT in Hammond.

Information

• Find the itinerary and reservation form at: http://www.scc.k12.wi.us/District/Reservation%20Form.pdf.

• Pay online at: http://scc.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=4&, or

• Send reservation form and payment, no later than, Wednesday, Sept. 7, to: SCC - 50 Year Event, P.O. Box 118, Hammond, WI 54015.

• Reservation Forms are also available at the Village of Hammond office, Village of Roberts office, or any of the SCC school offices.

• St Croix Central - Est.1960 shirt order forms are available at: http://www.scc.k12.wi.us/District/Forms/SCC%2050%20Yr1.pdf. Both shirts have a royal blue background.

For questions or more information, email Monson at bemtoday@gmail.com or call 715-307-0697.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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