After strolling down a photographic memory lane, visitors to Louis Toffolon Elementary School were treated to a performance by the Toffolon fifth grade jazz band, who played renditions of popular songs from the past 50 years, such as “Havana” by Camila Cabello, and a medley of songs by Queen, including “We Will Rock You,” and “Another One Bites the Dust.”
From there, families were treated to cupcakes that were baked by Toffolon families and a trivia game.
On Friday, Apr. 26, Plainville celebrated the school’s 50th birthday with festivities at the school at 145 Northwest Dr.
“I think it’s really important for children to understand that there’s a history behind it,” said Toffolon principal Lynn Logoyke. “Plainville is a small town, and it’s a great place to raise kids, and you want kids to understand that our town has come from something, that people came before them, and that there’s lots of very successful graduates of Toffolon school out there.”
Toffolon originally opened in 1968, and in honor of its rich history, students and teachers decorated each classroom door with a display of photographs and facts from each year the school has been open.
“It’s a nice, rich history here and it’s a wonderful school, just a really positive school,” said Superintendent Dr. Maureen Brummett, who has been a part of the Plainville school district for 20 years. “It’s been a pleasure to know it as long as I have.”
Logoyke has been the principal at Toffolon for 22 years, and said she wanted to work in Plainville because it was a town that “did well by my family,” as her father was employed by GE for 35 years. She said the best part of being principal is being able to see her students grow and gain both academic and social confidence.
“It’s also, believe it or not, seeing kids make mistakes and learn from those mistakes, and just find out what they’re good at and what they’re interested in and watching them blossom. It’s just an honor to be a part of that part of their lives,” said the principal.
Throughout the night, 50 years worth of class photographs and yearbooks were on display for the enjoyment of Plainville residents.
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