A Rosy anniversary

Former and current staff and students of Rosy Mound Elementary School are taking time to reflect on its long history.
Krystle Wagner
May 22, 2013

The 150th anniversary of the school — although it actually dates back to 1858 at a nearby site — will be celebrated Thursday.

Former and current staff are welcome for refreshments and building tours beginning at 5 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., former families and students, as well as the community, are invited to join the celebration.

A timeline that highlights local, state and national events during the past 150 years runs throughout the school.

Betsy Mayette said she saw both the building and students grow during the 28 years she taught there.

When the Muskegon resident began teaching kindergarten at Rosy Mound in 1979, classrooms and hallways had wooden floors, coat hooks in hallways and large picture windows. Carpeting was added to the school later in her career. Since her retirement in 2007, the school has added technology in classrooms.

“The changes are remarkable,” Mayette said.

As Mayette worked with the committee for the anniversary celebration, she was reunited with former students who now have children attending the elementary school.

“It’s like the family goes on,” she said.

The first Rosy Mound school was built in 1858 at what is today the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Ferris Street in Grand Haven Township, according to local historian Dr. Dave Seibold in his book, "Grand Haven in the Path of Destiny." Seibold said that school burned down in 1900 and was rebuilt there.

The school was moved about a mile north in 1911 to near its present location. The core of the present school was built in 1952, Seibold said.

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