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Aaron Parker Elementary Celebrating 80 Years

“80 Years in the Making”

North Lamar Independent School District will celebrate Aaron Parker Elementary with an “80 Years in the Making” reception on Saturday, September 28 from 2:00 until 4:00 pm. The Powderly “rock school’ has housed many students and faculty members since its completion in 1939 when only 12 classrooms, a main office, hallway and library made up the campus.

“The goal is to celebrate the campus and all the events throughout the past 80 years and how North Lamar got its start,” said Aaron Parker Elementary principal Kristin Hughes.

Former students and teachers may remember the wood-burning potbelly stoves that heated the classrooms and the chimneys that are still visible on the front of the building. In 1942, electricity arrived and bathrooms replaced outhouses in 1951.

“We’ve come a long way since then,” said Hughes.

Aaron Parker is seeking memorabilia to share at the celebration. “We are asking anyone to share their pictures, stories, and memories with us,” said Hughes.  “They will be displayed throughout the building for all to enjoy.”  The office will serve as a drop-off for memorabilia and memories can be emailed to

Hughes added that businesses or individuals wishing to help sponsor the event contact the front office at 903.732.3066 or email her with any questions.

Aaron Parker invites alumni, community members, students, and families to join in celebrating this historical event as staff and students take part in bringing Parker’s history to present.