Maxson Elementary School Celebrates 65th Anniversary
by Michele Earle
May 28, 2014 • 405 views
Benjamin Franklin Maxson Elementary School in the Mountain View School District (MVSD) celebrated 65 years of educating students in the El Monte community, and to commemorate this milestone a special 65th Anniversary Celebration was held to honor the six and half decades of academic excellence the school has provided. Coinciding with the school’s original dedication date of May 2, 1948, the anniversary celebration took place on May 2, 2014 and included current and former students and staff and Maxson family members who joined in to celebrate the school’s distinguished legacy of learning.
Welcoming everyone to the celebration, Maxson’s proud principal, Dr. Aileen La Corte congratulated the excited students and everyone affiliated with Maxson School for this great milestone.
“Today, we re-dedicate our beloved school, but more ever, we re-dedicate ourselves to the promise that Benjamin Franklin Maxson and the founders of the Mountain View School District gave: to ensure the highest quality of education to the children of El Monte,” said La Corte.
The school’s namesake, B.F. Maxson was an early pioneer of the El Monte community. He and his family were walnut growers and owned lots of land in the El Monte area. Maxson’s commitment to provide an excellent education to the children of El Monte was evident as he generously donated property to the Mountain View School District to build a new school. Maxson also served as one of Mountain View’s first Board of Education members.
“Sixty-five years ago, on May 2, 1948, our school was established and dedicated in Mr. Maxson’s name. On that day, the school celebrated with dance and song. And, so we do now with our Ballet Folklorico Troop and our 6th Grade Chorus who will perform for all of us,” said La Corte as the groups took to the stage and did an outstanding job entertaining the crowd.
Among the distinguished guests joining in the celebration were members of the B.F. Maxson family including his great grand-daughter Marilyn Lewis and his great grand-son Wallace McIntonish who was joined by his wife and their daughter, B.F. Maxson’s great great granddaughter.
“I remember the original dedication day fondly,” said McIntonish. “I served our country in World War II and I came dressed in my naval uniform for the ceremony. It was a great day and a proud day for our family,” he said.
Other special guests included retired and former MVSD and Maxson School administrators and retired Maxson staff members.
“We are honored to have you all here and thank you for joining us for this special day,” said La Corte.
“Welcome home to retired Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Grace Kojima, and retired Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services, Alice De La Torre and Maxson School retirees Ed Marquez, Lucy Breeden, Queta Espalin, Margaret Almaraz, Molly Bringas and Rose Jayme. Thank you, again, for sharing in this moment.”
MVSD superintendent, Lillian Maldonado French congratulated the Maxson staff, students and family and shared that the promise that Benjamin Franklin Maxson made to provide educational opportunities for students continues today with the new El Monte Promise Foundation.
“I am very happy to share that the El Monte Promise will be piloted here at Maxson School providing the opportunity for our students to have extra support and scholarships to go to college,” said French.
A beautiful 65th Anniversary quilt was unveiled featuring illustrations of Maxson School memories drawn by each class. The colorful quilt was put together by teacher, Susan Razook and will be displayed in the school library.
“The quilt is absolutely stunning!” said Lewis. “The students did an exceptional job and it is put together just beautifully. Education was and continues to be very important to our family. Ten of the 13 original Maxson children were involved in education in some way. We are honored to be part of the legacy of this wonderful school.”
Concluding the celebration, students, staff and guests enjoyed a 65th anniversary cupcake to commemorate the special occasion and students were given bookmarks with Mr. Maxson’s picture on them, generously donated by Edward Guerrero, from EKG Creations.
“In closing, as our program states, “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.” Thank you, Mr. Maxson, for inspiring us all. May we inspire all for educational and life-long success! Happy 65th Anniversary Maxson School!” said Dr. La Corte.