From 1965 to 2001, Linwood Elementary School was part of the Robins Air Force Base School System and served only dependents of military families. During that time, more than 20,000 military children were educated at Linwood.
To commemorate the impact that Linwood had on its students and the community when it was a dependent school, a plaque will be placed on the building, which was recently renamed Pearl Stephens Elementary.
While the students were military kids, organizers of the event want to get the word out about the ceremony in hopes that many stayed in Middle Georgia. Staff and faculty who worked at Linwood are encouraged to attend as well.
The dedication will be held 11 a.m. April 25.
The current address is 420 Pearl Stephens Way, Warner Robins, 31098.
Fred Hardin taught at Linwood for 25 years and says the school was a very special place.
“The whole approach was to take care of dependents while their fathers and mothers were overseas serving in the military. We worked very, very hard to meet their emotional needs as well as their educational needs. It was a place with a lot of deep feelings, where love was outpoured because we wanted them to feel safe. When you have that kind of environment, you can’t help but learn,” Hardin said.
The ceremony will be held outside at the front entrance of the school. The ceremony will only be 20-30 minutes long. Those who are unable to stand are encouraged to bring a chair.
Following the ceremony, attendees will tour the renovated building. The tour will end about noon, and then there will be a luncheon for whoever wants to attend at the Golden Corral near the Galleria.
For details about the plaque ceremony, visit the Linwood alumni Facebook page, Linwood Elementary RAFB, GA Alumni.