'It's just awesome': Hundreds ready to celebrate Beaver Dam Elementary's 100th birthday

The front entrance to Beaver Dam Elementary School in Roseboro. The original school building opened in the early 1920s and has had three major additions since then.
The front entrance to Beaver Dam Elementary School in Roseboro. The original school building opened in the early 1920s and has had three major additions since then.

ROSEBORO — Hundreds of community members plan to celebrate Beaver Dam Elementary School’s 100th birthday this weekend.

Jeanna Daniels, who’s been the principal at the elementary school for nearly two decades, said the celebration is an opportunity for the community to come together and reminisce.

Daniels said the highlight of the day will be a video of former Beaver Dam teachers and students sharing their favorite memories of the school.

The elementary school is located in the rural part of the county, making it very significant to the residents of Roseboro, who live and grew up there, she said.

Daniels said Cumberland County Schools and the community have done a great job at preserving the 100-year-old school.

“It’s just awesome to know that you’re in the same building that was built 100 years ago and for it to still be in such an immaculate condition … I think that just needs to be recognized,” she said.

Originally, Beaver Dam taught elementary through high school students.

For many, the school is a community statement piece, Daniels said.

The elementary school was built in 1922.

The learning foundation for many community members was built at the school and that’s significant, she said.

Mary Alice Underwood, 63, a former Beaver Dam student, who attended Beaver Dam from 1965 to 1971, said four generations of her family have attended the school. Her daughter Allison, now 32, attended school at Beaver Dam, and now her granddaughter, Stella, 6, attends school at Beaver Dam. Underwood's father also attended.

Born and raised in Roseboro, Underwood, who attended first through sixth grade at Beaver Dam, said her granddaughter loves attending school at Beaver Dam.

“It’s a great place to go to school,” she said. “We have had so many people that have accomplished so much, by having that foundation to build on.”

In addition, Underwood said her father attended school at Beaver Dam.

“The Beaver Dam community is just a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful community … they advocate for the school, for what it stands for,” Daniels said.

The celebration will include a brief speech from Dr. Marvin Connelly Jr., the superintendent for Cumberland County Schools; a paratroop jump; the presentation of a new American flag; a time capsule reveal; an ice-cream truck; cupcakes; and a tour of the building.

Beaver Dam Elementary School’s 100th birthday celebration will start at 2 p.m. Sunday at 12059 NC 210 in Roseboro.

Education reporter Ariana-Jasmine Castrellon can be reached at acastrellon@gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on The Fayetteville Observer: Beaver Dam Elementary School in Cumberland County celebrates 100 years