PS101 Celebrates its 100th Anniversary
by Lydia Stetson
May 21, 2014 | 749 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PS101, or the “School in the Gardens,” opened its first class in 1914. Since then, the school has come a long way to reach its 100th Anniversary, celebrated on the morning of May 20.

The school welcomed parents, students, teachers, alumni, politicians and other community members to commemorate this momentous achievement, not only for the school but for the neighborhood of Forest Hills.

Students and those invited were asked to dress in clothes circa-1914, which included newspaper caps for the boys, long dresses for the ladies and black-and-white suits for the gentlemen.

Assistant Principal Irtis Gonzalez spoke about the costumes and spirit of PS101’s 100th anniversary with zeal.

“I think being part of this celebration is amazing,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve been here for 14 out of the 100 years, and it is such a historic occasion for our staff and students. You can notice how everyone is dressed from the 1914 time period, which shows what a wonderful and committed community this is.”

Guest speakers at the 100th Anniversary celebration included Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina, Congresswoman Grace Meng and District Superintendent Beverly Ffolks-Bryant.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Mayor Bill de Blasio also sent out kind words honoring the historic event.

Principal Monique Paniagua, who has worked at PS101 for just a little over one year, immersed herself into the celebration with great enthusiasm.

“Celebrating 100 years means celebrating a legacy of community, a legacy of excellence, a legacy of academics, and that is very exciting,” Paniagua said. “It’s not just a birthday, but it’s a legacy that for 100 years this school has had a vision of educating students and setting them up for success in life, and 100 years this has been going strong.”
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