Sunday, December 28, 2014

Williams Elementary

Spencer V  Williams school

A few years back (I won't say how many), I attended Spencer V. Williams Elementary School. A few things have changed since then.

The name. Even though the full name is still visible here, the main sign out front shows the current shortened name: Williams Elementary School. The school was named for Spencer Valentine Williams. From the little information I could find, he was a local resident, a graduate of Downey High School  a coach, a principal, a member of the Board of Education, and a much-loved neighbor.

The fences. As is true for most schools now, Williams is a closed campus, and the gates are closed and locked when school is not in session. But back in the day, there were no gates here, and my friends and I spent a lot of hours skateboarding in these hallways.

The grades. Williams teaches students from kindergarten through third grade. I went here for seven years, from kindergarten through sixth grade. (From here, we went to junior high, 7th-9th, rather than middle school.)

The posters. Character wasn't a special program, it was just part of a regular school day.

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