Alta Vista Elementary, in central El Paso, concluded its celebration week of the school's 100th anniversary Oct. 12, with a parade and an assembly in the school's multi purpose room. The school opened the doors to students Sept. 5, 1912. The school had one classroom where all grades were taught. Today, about 400 students are taught in 34 classrooms and they learn with smart boards, computers and other modern technology. (Top photo) Martha Mendoza, a 1957 graduate of Alta Vista Elementary School, wore her school's colors as she stood to be recognized during an asssembly to celebrate the school's 100th anniversary Friday. (Middle photo) Mendoza, shared memories with Cynthia Huereque, left, and Lydia Cardenas Valdez. Huereque graduated in 1953 and Valdez in 1955. (Third photo) Among the celebratory activities was a performance by students wearing 1920s-style apparel. The children were dancing the Charleston. (Bottom photo) Students and their their teachers marched around the school wearing 1960s clothing. Teacher Cindy Rogers held pre-k student Analee Morales' hand as they led the parade dressed as hippies.
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