June 27, 2016

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Garfield Elementary to observe 100th anniversary Saturday

Diana Novotny, third-grade teacher at Garfield Elementary School, and Mary Herrman, media paraprofessional, pose with their Garfield 100th anniversary shirts. Novotny and Herman were involved in planning Garfield's 100th anniversary celebration Saturday. (KIERA MANION-FISCHER / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — One of President James A. Garfield’s relatives will be a guest at Garfield Elementary School’s 100th anniversary celebration Saturday.

Dana Garfield, 64, Garfield’s great-great-grandson, will be one of the presenters during tours of the building.

Garfield didn’t attend the school, but he does live in Medina, and organizers of the celebration wanted to connect with President Garfield’s family.

“It’s pretty significant — the fact that Garfield Elementary has been an elementary building since its construction,” said third-grade teacher Diana Novotny, who is involved in planning the event.

The school, at 234 S. Broadway St., was built in 1912 and will recognize its milestone 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Garfield alumni will sing the school’s alma mater to kick off the event. The picnic on the front lawn will include hot dogs, chips, coleslaw and cupcakes.

Tickets for the picnic cost $2 and can be purchased at both Medina Buehler’s locations and all school buildings. Novotny said visitors also can buy tickets for the picnic that day, or visitors can choose to tour the building for free and forgo the picnic.

Former principals, teachers and administrators will give guided tours of the school, and there will be a slideshow presentation in the gym. Students, staff and community members have shared memories to create a “memory wall” and various historical displays within the school.

Tom McKenna, a former principal of Garfield who now runs a DJ business called The Music Men, will provide music.

Handicapped parking is available at the back of the building.

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.