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Tope Steam Elementary School celebrates 80th birthday

Flyers, pictures on a table at Tope Steam Elementary School during their 80th birthday...
Flyers, pictures on a table at Tope Steam Elementary School during their 80th birthday celebration(KKCO/KJCT)
Published: Nov. 10, 2021 at 9:35 PM MST
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - Tope Steam Elementary School celebrated its 80th birthday on Wednesday.

The celebrations began with kids learning about the school’s history and looking through an older time capsule. When the students learned about the history and the time capsule, they worked to get a newly updated time capsule prepared for a future birthday. Later during lunchtime, the kids ate cupcakes and sang happy birthday.

Normally the school celebrates its birthday every 25 years. The last birthday celebrated was at 75 years when Tope became a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math school, or STEAM for short.

The reasoning behind the 80 year birthday celebration is due to the school being a STEAM school for at least five years.

The elementary school also hosts STEAM night, a yearly event. It is a one-day event that happens during the Spring with a vary of activities. “We bring in robots. We bring in all sorts of community resources. CMU has brought in teams; they were the ones that brought robots the kids got to build. We’ve done catapults, art, and all sorts of things that we’ve opened up to the community,” said Jeni Ellyson, a second-grade teacher at Tope Steam Elementary School.

The next birthday that Tope Steam Elementary School will celebrate is their 100th birthday.

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