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May 8, 2014

Cherishing the past, celebrating the present

Sacred Hearts School celebrates 75th year

“When I’m Sixty-Four.’’

It’s one of those Beatles songs with a melody and words that can get stuck in your head.

The children at Sacred Hearts School have their own version of the popular 1967 tune.

They call it “When I’m Seventy-Five’’ — and for good reason. Their beloved school is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, bringing many special events and reflections at the building just outside Central Square in Bradford.

“The first-graders are singing to the tune of ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ — they’re singing ‘When I’m 75,’’’ said Sacred Hearts Principal Kathleen Blain. “The seventh grade did comparisons: What was daily life like 25 years ago, 50, 75?”

All of the classes have projects they’ll present to celebrate the anniversary.

The anniversary event is May 10.

It consists of afternoon tours of the elementary school and Early Childhood Center, followed by a 4 p.m. Mass at Sacred Hearts Church across the street from the school, then dinner and the students’ performances.

Sacred Hearts School was founded in 1938 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, with first and second grades. The first graduating class was in 1945. Over the following two decades, the school expanded, adding more classrooms, a cafeteria, a gym and an auditorium. Lay teachers — teachers who are not members of the clergy — began to join the faculty.

During the 1970s, the school had to cut back to only eight classrooms, one per grade. During that time, it also opened the Early Childhood Center, originally on the first floor of the convent by the school and now taking up that entire building. In the 1980s, a school board was formed to assist in managing the school. In the early 1990s, the Sisters of St. Joseph left the parish and the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary took on responsibility for the parish.

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