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LANK's 50th Anniversary Celebration

After a year's worth of planning and preparation, our 50th Anniversary Celebration was the most beautiful evening -- that rare combination of party and reunion with the mingling of the very first students of LANK, to the newest families, and a huge group of those in-between. It was such a treat to see so many alums return to celebrate and salute LANK, all of us reminiscing and sharing stories and memories. Giving us that overwhelming LANK greeting, our trusty top of the hill gate ushered our guests into a beautifully transformed community center filled with loads of photos and beautiful children's art through the years. Truly, everyone found a memory to treasure. And that exactly describes t

Then and Now

One of the lovely outcomes of our alumni outreach for the 50th celebration is touching base with not only former families, but former staff. Betty Ann Rubin was the kindergarten teacher during the 70's and 80's and shared with us her memories of LANK. Children rode their trikes to school, had woodworking class with real saws and hammers(!), and took numerous offsite field trips to great locales. Our kids went through a brand new 747 at Dulles Airport and ate Black Forest cake with the White House chef. Security regulations were obviously much more relaxed! The school had class pets- lots of them - bunnies and guinea pigs who went home each week-end with a different child. What really struck

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