Steilacoom school still matters
School plays, book reports, sporting events, school dances, the mouth-watering aroma of fresh-from-the oven cinnamon rolls, favorite teachers, graduations, and posing on the front stairs for class pictures…
After more than nine decades, Pioneer Middle School, the old brick school that overlooks the Town of Steilacoom from its Nisqually Street vantage point, still matters. One long-standing tradition in Steilacoom, known as a “Place of Firsts”, is the gathering of a group of former students, the “Memories Group.” This group not only keeps in contact through monthly meetings, but also holds annual August get-togethers with former classmates.
As is evident from the “this place matters” signs displayed by some of those former Steilacoom school students (they recently stood on those well-worn front stairs recently—even though the old school building’s closed—the building is still the repository for unforgettable memories, and it retains a special place in the hearts of the hundreds of students who studied there.
Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1, the oldest school district in Pierce County, opened a new facility last August in another section of the district. The old school, however, remains a focal point to the present day. A decision has yet to be made about the structure’s next role in the lives of the citizens of the oldest community in Washington State (incorporated in 1854).
Meanwhile these folks, displaying their signs, want everyone to know that “this place matters.”
Read the latest news about the district at www.steilacoom.k12.wa.us.