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Elmbrook district to mark its 50th birthday

June 23, 2014

The Elmbrook School District is turning 50, and the community will get the party.

To celebrate 50 years, the district is holding a series of family friendly activities on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22 and 23.

"We are in planning mode right now," said Leslie Dehn, executive director of the Elmbrook Education Foundation. "We have a large committee of about 14 members that are helping to get ready."

The events will kick off with alumni football games at Brookfield East High School and Brookfield Central High School on Friday, Aug. 22, Dehn said. During the intermission of each game, graduates who participated in various athletics will be recognized, she said.

"We want alumni to register and participate," Dehn said. "We are having a really large email presence with this."

Saturday's events will start at 9 a.m. with a 5K run/walk at Wirth Park. Registration is already open and costs $25 in advance or $50 the day of the run, Dehn said. Participants should also keep an eye out for an appearance by the Klement's racing sausages, she said.

There also will be alumni tournaments in basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball, which are scheduled at Brookfield East and Central high schools and Wirth Park on that Saturday.

Family friendly

The weekend's activities will be family-oriented, Dehn said. The Wirth Park grounds will be transformed into a bounce house and playland for families and their kids. Concessions will be available to encourage families to make a day of it, Dehn said.

"It really will be a family event," she said.

The festivities will end with an evening celebration at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, highlighted by a performance by an alumni band led by Jason Gillette.

Food and awards

In addition, local restaurants will sell food to those attending. Some of the participating restaurants include Jake's Burger, O What a Day Café and Mozzaluna Pizzeria & Ristorante.

Alumni can also watch a video presentation from graduates, in addition to the presentation of the outstanding alumni, educator, and community partner awards.

"We really need people to nominate outstanding alumni, outstanding educators and outstanding community partners," Dehn said.

The Elmbrook Education Foundation is also launching its soon-to-be annual fundraising campaign called $50 For 50 More Years. The campaign will help the foundation raise money for its endowment.

"Please come, please register and please donate," Dehn said.

Registration for the event, and nominations for awards can be submitted on the district's website, at www.elmbrookschools.org.

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