Lamkin ES creates unique commemoration of 75th Anniversary

April 9, 2015

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Lamkin Elementary School students gathered to form the shape of a “75th” in recognition of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s 75th Anniversary school year on April 8 near the school playground. (Photo by Butch Stephens)

April 9, 2015—More than 1,000 students and staff at Lamkin Elementary School made a tribute to the 75th Anniversary school year of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD by forming a large “75th” on the school playground on April 8.

Principal Gale Parker replicated a similar idea from 2005, when Lamkin formed a giant “50” to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary. The event was documented by Fox 26’s helicopter.

“We wanted to contribute to the 75th Anniversary somehow,” Parker said. “We thought, ‘Hey, it’s 75 years, let’s make a 75.’”

Lamkin music teacher Ben Proko roped off the “75” shape, organizing second- and fifth-grade students on the “7” and kindergarten, first-, third- and fourth-grade students on the “5.”

READ 180 and English/language arts/reading teacher Butch Stephens, who owns a GoPro camera and an aerial drone, filmed the symbol from the sky.

“The kids are all very excited. They think they’re all going to be movie stars,” Parker said. “We wanted them to do this because they are what Cy-Fair is. Our philosophy on the elementary level is that we’re growing people, and we want them to invest in the community and be a part of it.”

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Approximately 990 students and 100 staff members combined to create the “75th” shape, which was organized by Lamkin music teacher Ben Proko and filmed using fifth-grade teacher Butch Stephens’ GoPro-affixed aerial drone. (Photo by Butch Stephens)

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From left, Lamkin fifth-grade READ 180/ELAR teacher Butch Stephens, principal Gale Parker and music teacher Ben Proko helped plan and execute the 75th Anniversary tribute. 

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