Columbine Elementary School celebrated its 25th anniversary in a two-day event April 24 and 25. The school's gymnasium was packed with Woodland Park residents, many of whom alumni and alumnae. In a time of upheaval around the country, the feeling of community at Columbine was pervasive throughout the afternoon.
“This school is the gold standard where relationships make a difference,” said former principal Mike Galvin.
Despite the changes in superintendents, principals and teachers, one staff member remained constant for a quarter of a century. As a result, Daleen Ziegenhorn received flowers and accolades from her peers. Attendance secretary, Ziegenhorn took on extra duties such as tending the garden, providing clothes and coats for students and producing envelopes for the lost teeth in the younger students.
After the ceremony, the guests were treated to a picnic dinner and a look at the school's history through historic photos, trophies and plaques.