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Indian Trail honors Shiloh Elementary's impact

Posted On: January 25, 2017

Shiloh Elementary School staff stand with the Indian Trail Town Council on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

The Indian Trail Town Council honored the legacy and impact of Shiloh Elementary School at a recent meeting by proclaiming Feb. 18, 2017, to be Shiloh Elementary School Day in honor of the school's Centennial.

The original, one-room Shiloh School was built in 1917 to the left of Shiloh Church. It was attended by some 80 students that first year, and over the years has grown into an award-winning member of the Indian Trail community that teaches more than 1,000 students each year. It's also a symbol of perseverance in the face of disaster - the school burned to the ground three times in a 15 year span - but is today a winner of the School of Excellence Award (nine years running), the National Year Round Award, the Triple S Safety School Award and a National Blue Ribbon School recognition.

"It's a great feeling being a part of that strong, strong team," Shiloh Principal Scott Spencer said, comparing his role to being part of a relay team that for the last 100 years has worked to move students forward. "Everyone here is so dedicated to excellence and high expectations, from our assistant principal, Jennifer Aldredge, to our office staff, teachers, parents, district leaders and everyone else. It's just a great place to work, because the community members all really support the school."

"(Shiloh) definitely has a rich history," Indian Trail Mayor Michael Alvarez added while thanking Principal Spencer and his staff. "Thank you for giving your heart to those students and that school. I know that those students and their parents respect you so very much. We are so glad to have you as part of Union County Public Schools."

Shiloh will host a community event to mark its 100 years on Shiloh Elementary School Day, Saturday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The school is located at 5210 Rogers Road.

Read the complete proclamation below:

Town of Indian Trail

Proclamation in Honor Shiloh Elementary School's 100th-Year Anniversary

Whereas, the first Shiloh School was a one-room building constructed in 1917 located to the left of Shiloh Church that was attended by approximately 80 students. In 1919 Mr. A.B. Collins was Principal. After the first building was destroyed by a fire a second one-room school was constructed to the right of Shiloh Church; students attended six months a year through the ninth grade. When this building burned a third school house was built across from the Church; a three-room school with grades 1st through 9th and 156 students; and

Whereas, in 1929 a truck was used to ferry students to Indian Trail High School until 1931 when a group of citizens bought Shiloh's first school bus for $600. Sadly, that same year, the third school house was also destroyed by fire but despite the tragedy of losing three school houses to fire in 15 years Shiloh School continued to advance. In 1932 a new building was constructed that had seven classrooms and a lunch room. In 1959 the PTA was organized. Mr. J.R McCollum served as principal from 1942 to 1962 and he lived in a rock house on the property. In 1963 the BETA Club was chartered and the school newspaper was started. in 1975 the first Kindergarten class was held in the library which was a building addition constructed in 1965--Mrs. Elease P. Benton was Shiloh's first Kindergarten teacher. In 1988 Mrs. Linda K. Fritz served as Shiloh's first female Principal; and

Whereas, the 1990's brought about more changes and advancement for Shiloh: the first after- school program began, the Fall Festival to honor Alumni and staff was held, the new Shiloh Elementary School on Rogers Road was constructed in 1992; the same year Shiloh was one of eleven schools chosen to receive the "Using The Outdoors to Teach Experimental Science" program. Shiloh became a year-round elementary school in 1995, was one of six schools in the state to receive the ABC designation "School of Excellence" for the 1996/1997 school year and awarded the National Blue Ribbon School in the 1998/1999 year; and

Whereas, Shiloh Elementary has continued to excel in the millennium with classroom expansion and an enrollment of over 1,000 students in 2002. Shiloh has received many awards including the School of Excellence Award 9 years in a row, the National Year Round Award, the Triple S Safety School Award multiple times and was again named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2013; and

Whereas, the Mayor and Town Council for Indian Trail, NC are honored to have this wonderful school with such a rich history located in our Town and are so grateful to the educators and staff of Shiloh Elementary School for their dedication in and commitment to shaping the minds of our community's youth.

Now Therefore Be It Proclaimed by Mayor Alvarez and the Indian Trail Town Council that February 18, 2017 shall be Shiloh Elementary School Day in the Town of Indian Trail in honor of the school's Centennial.

Proclaimed this the 24th day of January, 2017

Mayor Pro Tempore David L. Cohn

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