Parent Magazine St. Johns May 2019 - Page 14

PALENCIA ELEMENTARY CLASS OF 2018 Presented 19 th Century Anchor as Legacy Gift to School S t. Augustine, FL: Palencia Elementary School’s class of 2018 presented their legacy gift to the school on Friday, March 29 th in a ceremony that was held at the school, under the flagpole, at 1:00 pm. The gift is an 18 th century ship’s anchor, recently discovered off the coast of St. Augustine. After undergoing restoration and preservation in Gainesville, the anchor is ready to be displayed. Past PES PTO president Laurel Madson spearheaded the campaign to find a special gift from the class of 2018, who began kindergarten at PES when the school opened its doors in 2012, making them the first class to begin and end their elementary education there. “This is something that the students can come back and see in 20 years and it will represent the mark their class made on this school.” PES Principal Catherine Goodrich and St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum Division Director Brenda Swann spoke at the dedication. Upwards of 30 PES class of 2018 alumni returned for the ceremony. Representatives from the school district and school faculty members took part in the event as well. Members of the press were invited to attend and should contact Laurel Madson with any inquiries. Palencia Elementary School 355 Palencia Village Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32095 Main: (904) 547-4010 Fax: (904) 547-4015 14 | S T. J O H N S parent M A G A Z I N E