On Aug. 20, 1996, a grand opening ceremony was held at Rolling Hills Elementary, the newest school in the Cherry Creek School District. Twenty years and 20 days later, a 20th anniversary celebration was held to mark two decades of educational excellence.
“Rolling Hills is exactly what we strive for in Cherry Creek Schools: A great neighborhood school,” said Dr. Harry Bull, superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools. “It has served this community well.”
Bull was joined by current Rolling Hills Principal Ashley Gehrke and the school’s first two principals, Barbara Weaver and Connie Wallace, as well as many teachers who helped open the school, retired from the school or are still teaching at the school.
They celebrated with dozens of past and present students, other staff members, family and friends at a community carnival on the school grounds. Volunteers grilled hamburgers and hot dogs while others served birthday cake. Youngsters enjoyed giant inflatable slides, a bouncy house, games and activities. But their favorite activity, by far, was the dunk tank, where they could try to send beloved teachers underwater. Fourth-grade teacher Kayla Riege was a good sport, smiling even as she shivered, after each plunge into the tank on the cool, fall-like evening. (See more photos of the fun on the Cherry Creek Schools Facebook page.)
“It was an amazing event that truly celebrated the community we have,” Ashley Gehrke said. “We strive to be an excellent, comprehensive neighborhood school. Having so many teachers and families come back to celebrate with us is a true testament to our school culture and climate.”
Rolling Hills Elementary is a 55,884-square foot school serving 600 students from the Tuscany, Greenfield and Sienna neighborhoods. It is part of the Grandview High School feeder area. You can learn more about Rolling Hills at rollinghills.cherrycreekschools.org.