Nottingham students, faculty celebrate school’s namesake
Students and faculty at Nottingham Elementary are celebrating the heritage of the school's namesake this week in a fun way.
Since Tuesday, Nottingham students and faculty remembered Roberta Nottingham, former teacher for whom the school was named. Students participated in theme days from Tuesday to Friday remembering the deceased former teacher. Classes were not held on Monday because of a teacher work day.
Principal Tom Jerome said the activities are related to Nottingham Day, designated Jan. 20, which was the former teacher's birthday. The school was named Nottingham Elementary in 1968, one year after she retired.
Tuesday was wacky wardrobe day, Wednesday was pajama day and on Thursday, students will dress up in their best clothes to celebrate the birthday early. The week-long activities will peak on Friday. First through third-grade students who didn't get a detention during the fall 2000 semester will go bowling in Lawrence.
Students also got to work with the district food service department to pick out lunch menus for the week. In addition, students picked special daily treats, such as funnel cakes and even birthday cake for Friday.
"That makes them feel pretty special to do that too," Jerome said.
Jerome said he was pleased with the large number of students that didn't receive a detention. Out of nearly 270 first through third-graders, over 250 are able to participate.
Nottingham Day has been celebrated since 1975, Jerome said. He recalled how school used to go out of their way to make her feel like part of the family. After she moved to Eudora Nursing Center later in life, a group of students would visit her each year on her birthday. She died in June 1989.
"Every year on her birthday, we would go get her," Jerome said. "We would have her read and tell stories."
Keeping the tradition alive Jerome held a storytime session Tuesday.