Ida Freeman Elementary School in Edmond will celebrate its 65th Anniversary with a community celebration from 5 to 8 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 18. The event will feature food trucks, carnival games and a silent auction. In addition, current and former staff members are invited to gather for a special staff photo at 6 p.m.

“This school is a part of the fabric of Edmond, “said Principal Keith Pautler. “We have current students who are the fourth generation of their family to attend Ida Freeman.”

Named after teacher Ida Freeman, who began her career in education in 1898 in a one-room schoolhouse near Wellston, OK and taught for 40 years in Oklahoma, the school was dedicated by the citizens of Edmond in October of 1951.  When it was constructed, the district had a little over 2200 students.  Edmond now serves 24,403 students.

“My staff and I are proud to be the current caretakers of this magical place that has played such an important role in the lives of our families. We look forward to seeing former students and staff and celebrating what this school has meant to the community,” Pautler said.