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Pinecrest’s anniversary celebration on ice

Museum opens despite weather

POSTED: February 1, 2014 12:28 a.m.
For the FCN/

Winter weather has postponed Pinecrest Academy's 20th Anniversary Celebration, but the school was able to open its Twenty Years of Tradition Museum.

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SOUTH FORSYTH — After 20 years, they’re willing to wait a little bit longer.

Friday was supposed to be a day of celebration for teachers, students and administrators — both past and present — at Pinecrest Academy. But the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the private Catholic school in south Forsyth was postponed due to the icy conditions.

Though no makeup date has been set, it appears the celebration will be held before the school year ends, said the Rev. Robert Presutti, head of school.

“The weather prevented us from celebrating the anniversary Mass and commemorative festivities which were planned and prepared with much anticipation and work by many volunteers and Pinecrest staff,” he said. “God will not fail to bless these as well.”

The festivities also included a parade, presentation and tours of the Twenty Years of Tradition Museum. While the museum was open Thursday and Friday, school leaders decided to put off the other celebration, along with classes.

Anne Hamilton, Pinecrest’s development coordinator and the event organizer, was working in collaboration with parents and other school faculty.

Hamilton, who’s been at the school for 10 of its 20 years, said she was disappointed about the cancellation, though officials were pleased the museum was able to open to guests who came in “to reminisce about and remember.”

“This museum is packed full of 20 years of memories, from student artwork to hundreds of photos to mementos from our many dedications over the years,” she said.

“Our alumni wall features students from the first graduating class of 2007 up through our recent class of 2013, and our ‘Who’s Who of Pinecrest Academy’ is a timeline of all of our principals, chaplains, valedictorians and others who have made a mark on and have blessed our school.”

The museum will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Monday.

Presutti added that the weather could be God’s way of helping the school community “celebrate Founders Day and the 20th anniversary in the same way that Pinecrest was born and grown over the years — with much silent and selfless effort, unnoticed sacrifices, quiet, strong faith and devotion.”

 

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