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Academy of Culture and Communication at Pleasant Valley

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Academy of Culture and Communication
at Pleasant Valley
February 19 2013

PV holds 90th birthday celebration

Students, teachers, alumni, and community members gathered at the Academy of Culture and Communication at Pleasant Valley on February 13 to celebrate the school’s 90th anniversary.  

Pleasant Valley Elementary School opened on January 24, 1922. The 90th anniversary celebration was put on hold due to construction on the building last year. The school has seen many changes to its infrastructure over the years. It was originally built without a gymnasium and the fourth floor was once used to house children who had Tuberculosis. Pleasant Valley even had its own zoo, at which children could study the monkeys.  

“I think the more our students know about the history of the building, the more pride they take in their education,” said Lisa David, an art teacher at Pleasant Valley and organizer of the anniversary celebration. 

As part of the event, third grade students created a time capsule to be opened in 2022, the year they are scheduled to graduate and Pleasant Valley's 100th year in existence. Each student wrote on a card what they wanted to do after graduating high school. They read their plans to the audience then placed their cards in the capsule.  

When I graduate high school I hope to become a singer,” said Danielle Blanco. “I will change the world by singing about how to prevent bullying.” 

Dozens of pictures were on display, each one giving a different glimpse into the school's rich history.  

“The school really used to be the hub of the community,” said Sean Inglee, Pleasant Valley Principal. “I think it's important for students to know that. Hopefully we can continue to make our families feel at home here, because this really is an amazing school.”