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Food Truck Picnic Kicks Off Centennial Celebration
By: Communications Manager Sarah Meyer
When Mary Rossman and Helen Schwaner founded Rossman School in 1917, the world had yet to experience the culinary delights of food trucks and froYo. The sport of bubble soccer and art of balloon modeling had yet to be dreamed up, and green screens and bubble buses had yet to be invented. The scene at Rossman on Saturday, September 10, was one that Miss Rossman and Miss Schwaner never could have imagined, and yet it was the perfect kickoff to the school’s Centennial year.
More than 600 past and present members of the Rossman community gathered to celebrate at the Centennial Kickoff Food Truck Picnic. St. Louis favorite The Bob Kuban Band entertained with music from across the decades while four food trucks treated guests to savory personal pizzas, gourmet hotdogs, mouth-watering BBQ and fresh Mexican cuisine.
Among the highlights of the afternoon was a proclamation issued by Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz in honor of the milestone. “Our communities are sometimes only as good as our educational institutions,” Mayor Glantz said. “For Rossman School to be celebrating 100 years today is a terrific honor. We are so thrilled to have you in our community, for your investment in Creve Coeur and your investment in these children.”
With light cloud cover and temperatures in the 70s, few could envision a more ideal day to spend outdoors. Spread all across the campus were unique activities for families to enjoy including a bubble bus that had young and old alike dancing with joy. Children were thrilled to slip on giant bubble suits and take to the field for a wacky alternative to traditional soccer. The bumping, bouncing and rolling brought loads of laughter to the crowd of spectators.
Balloon artists amazed guests with intricate and outrageous sculptures ranging from wearable butterfly wings to a giant, googly-eyed octopus. Delicious premium frozen yogurt from froYo was a hit, and pony rides brought back memories of Rossman’s early days in Creve Couer when the campus was surrounded by farmland and children fed horses during recess.
For those unfamiliar with the Rossman campus or who had not visited for many years, school tours highlighted recent facility changes and key curricular programs. Some alumni guests represented graduating classes that attended the original campus on Delmar Boulevard. A commemorative photo opp allowed guests to have their photo taken in front of a green screen and take home a print with the original school building and present-day school building in the background.
It was an afternoon full of fun and fellowship, reminiscing about the past and envisioning the future. As the Rossman community made new memories, they recorded their favorite recollections from the last 100 years for the school’s Centennial Time Capsule, which will be re-opened in 25 years. While one can only imagine the scene at Rossman during that quasquicentennial, it will surely be another exhilarating celebration of extraordinary education.