Sallie Zetterower Elementary will mark a milestone Thursday when it holds its final Fall Festival at the school on East Jones Avenue. The new Sallie Z. school is in the final stages of construction and is on schedule to open when students return from Christmas break in January.
For Principal Todd Williford, who has been at the school for 10 years, the festival, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m., "is going to be both a sad and happy occasion."
Katie Olson, who is president of the Sallie Z. Parent Teacher Organization, agreed.
"We're happy and excited to get a new school, but this school has been such a happy and positive presence in this neighborhood it'll be a shame to see it go," she said.
In addition to the always fun games, raffles and other activities at the festival, Olson and the PTO have come up with something special to properly remember the 57 years the school has been open at the East Jones site.
Sallie Z. art teacher Carlee Fuller has designed three commemorative pieces for sale that will honor the school and raise funds for the PTO.
Olson said a throw rug featuring Fuller's painting of the school is offered for $48. A small reproduction print of a painting done by Fuller can be purchased for $8. Finally, there is a special red Christmas globe available bearing the image of the school as portrayed by Fuller for $10.
Olson said that once the supply of the special items is gone, the commemorative items will not be available anywhere again.
"Anyone who has fond memories of the school should think seriously about placing their order right away to make sure they have something to remember it by," Olson said.
Fuller's items can be purchased at the school, or by going online and downloading the actual PTO order form: http://szes.bulloch.k12.ga.us/PTO.
According to Olson, the PTO will use the funds raised through the sale to buy items that students and teachers will need once they have settled into the new school "in order to make it as special a place as the old Sallie Zetterower has been for the many generations of Bulloch Countians it has served."
Olson also offered a special invitation to all alumni of Sallie Zetterower to come to Thursday's festival.
"Come on out and say goodbye as we get ready for something new," she said.