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Here's how Sawnee Elementary School plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary

One of Forsyth County’s oldest schools will soon celebrate a significant milestone, as Sawnee Elementary School in north Forsyth rings in 50 years in the local community.

On Saturday, April 13, the school will host an afternoon of family fun from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with food trucks, sweet treats, bounce houses, music, school tours and entertainment for all ages to celebrate the birthday.

“On April 13, we will open both buildings for tours and will have memorabilia displayed from our 50-year history,” said longtime Sawnee Elementary principal Eileen Nix. “Our goal is to welcome current students, alumni, families, and the Sawnee community to enjoy the day and help us celebrate.”

As part of the 50-year anniversary celebration, residents also have an opportunity to buy a commemorative brick to honor a teacher, administrator, family member or business by engraving their name.

Sawnee Elementary School first opened in Forsyth County in 1968. Named for Sawnee Mountain, the school consolidated three others in the area, forming a primary and elementary school with 640 students in grades one through eight, according to a school history page.

In 2001, the original school building was demolished to make way for the current Sawnee Elementary School building, which opened in 2002.

In late 2018, the school system announced that after 25 years of service to the school, Nix would be stepping down at the end of the 2018-19 school year. She will be replaced by Derrick Hershey, current principal of Shiloh Point Elementary School.

The celebration will occur at Sawnee Elementary School, at 1616 Canton Hwy., in Cumming.  More information can be found at