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Robins celebrates twenty-year anniversary

Posted May 11, 2015

"Robins Roadrunners Rock!" and "Excellence starts here!" could be heard Monday morning as more than 600 students joined in song to celebrate 20 years at Robins K-8 School.

The current students and staff were joined by the schools current and three former principals along with more than a dozen former teachers, parents and staff--and two staff members who have been at Robins for the entire 20 years.

Current Principal, Chandra Thomas, told the group she had been cleaning last summer when she noticed a picture from the first day of school for the 1994-95 school year and realized the school was 20 years old. Ms. Thomas got to work planning the event.

The neighborhood has grown up around the school, just off Silverbell and Sweetwater. Ms. Thomas told the students that when the school broke ground there were no houses behind it. Now they dot the landscape. What has not been lost in the development—the desert. Giant saguaro cacti welcome you as you enter the campus and the beauty of the Sonoran desert greet you as you drive up.

One former principal, Ms. Schafer, told the crowd that working at Robins "was my best job in 32 years. I can't drive here without getting goosebumps."

The school's first principal, Dr. Gallagher, told the students, "When we opened this school 20 years ago, the most important people were the kids and that's still true today!"

Each former principal was given a framed poem and a hug. Ms. Thomas was also presented with a Roadrunner painting by the PTO.

To learn more about Robins K-8 School and their approach to teaching and learning see the Robins website.


 Photo of saguaros
Giant saguaros welcome you as you arrive on campus.
 Photo of Principal Thomas
Principal Thomas addresses students.
 Photo of painting of school namesake
This painting of Mary Louise Robins, school's namesake, hangs in the lobby.
 Photo of Robins students
Third graders play the "Roadrunners Rock" song written especially for the 20 year celebration.
 Photo of former principal Gallagher
First principal Dr. Gallagher talks to students.