Naval Medical Logistics Command donated more than $3,000 of school supplies to a local elementary school at its grand reopening Oct. 23, in Frederick, Md.
Through its Navy Diversity Outreach Partnership, NMLC presented the collected goods as a capstone to the Lincoln Elementary School Dedication Ceremony that featured the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Color Guard, state and city officials and a unique alumni association.
"I do not know of any other elementary school that has an alumni association," said school Principal Ann Reever. "We are thankful so many of you could join us today for this very special occasion."
After the alumni association sang their school song of 60 years earlier and the current students sang their school song, the program turned to speeches acknowledging the building and then to the children.
"We have made a commitment to you; the students of Lincoln Elementary School, to ensure you have a safe, secure and comfortable learning environment," Reever said.
That environment will include many of the supplies donated by Naval Medical Logistics Command; and school officials believe the donations will have a positive impact.
"We have a number of children who do not have book bags, amongst other things, so these donations will have a tremendous impact," said Marta Droddy, Lincoln Elementary School Teacher Specialist for Title 1. "We know these donations will make a difference in our students' lives. With 511 students enrolled, about 75 percent of our families receive free and reduced meals. Half our students are African American and the other half is split fairly evenly between Hispanic and Caucasian."
The school's diversity has not hindered its progression through technological change. Lincoln Elementary went through extensive renovations and modernizations at the end of the 2011 school year. Droddy explained some of the upgrades.
"The new Green school features heating and air provided by a geothermal system. A special system evenly distributes light throughout the offices and classrooms. Motion detectors turn lights on and off. Toilets flush automatically to conserve water. We also collect rain water for watering plants," she explained. "Each grade is working on a green project to help the school conserve or preserve energy or wildlife. Every classroom has its own bathroom sink and water fountain.
"Each class also has a wireless Prometheon board. Even though there are at least three to five computers in each classroom, we also have a COW (Computers on Wheels) that has a classroom set of wireless laptops. We have two computer labs (upstairs and down) each with 32 computers. We also have a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) laboratory where teachers work on bigger projects that require more space."
Although the school has some of the most academically advanced technologies today, Lincoln's history is routed with the community for which many of the local population know from firsthand experience.
According to the school's website, students were housed in two separate locations known as the "A" and "B" buildings. Over the years, additions were added and one building served African American students from elementary to high school. Caucasian students attended the Washington Street School, a few steps down the street from the Lincoln school.
The Lincoln school became known as the "B" building and Washington Street School, which was rebuilt, was named the "A" building. In 1962, the schools were racially integrated and named South Frederick Elementary.
Because neither school was large enough to house all the students, both buildings were used. On July 1, 2006, the Lincoln name was restored, reclaiming pride in the heritage of the community. Today the "B" building is being renovated and an addition is being added so that after many years of separation, all the students will be located in one building. Being built as the first green school in Frederick County, Lincoln opened for the 2012 school year this August.