Longleaf Elementary Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary With Eye On Past, Vision For Future

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proceeds to benefit needed technology and landscaping for school beautification project

Longleaf fifth grader Marco Liberto helps Longleaf Elementary School celebrate its 20- year anniversary as the school embarks on a beautification project making sure to include past and present students.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Celebrating 20 years of service to the community, Longleaf Elementary School embarked on a beautification project making sure to include the school’s staff and faculty – as well as parents and current and former students. 

The front of the school building is adorned with ceramic tiles decorated by past students the first few years the school was open.

Longleaf Elementary School Art Teacher Lucy Hertz prepared tiles and supplies of varying sizes, starting at $20 to participants to create their original designs.

Hertz will complete the process by firing the student’s ceramic creations for mounting and display.

The proceeds will benefit needed technology and landscaping for the beautification project by Longleaf Elementary boosters. The school has many needs as it tries to stay on the cutting edge of technology for the students and remain a School of Excellence in Brevard.

“We also want to replace some greenery, clean the gardens and clear the debris,” said Hertz. “Tiles will not only leave a mark on Longleaf history but will make a funding difference that will have a lasting impact on our student’s educational experiences.”

Longleaf Elementary School Art TeacherLucy Hertz prepared tiles and supplies for participants to create their own memories. (Space Coast Daily Image)

Former Longleaf Elementary Principal Marilyn Sylvester joined the fun to share in commemorating the milestone. She spent 17 years of her more than 30 years with Brevard Public Schools at Longleaf before being promoted to a position overseeing several schools in Brevard County.

“Of all my time with Brevard County Schools, my heart will always be with Longleaf,” says Sylvester. “That’s why my tile is heart-shaped.”

Current Longleaf Elementary Principal Dr. Kimberly Bias was also on hand to help students leave their mark.

Longleaf opened in 1998 with then-principal Mecheall Giombetti and has remained a beloved part of thousands of lives in Melbourne over the next 20 years.

Former Longleaf Elementary Principal Marilyn Sylvester joined the fun to share in commemorating the milestone. She spent 17 years of her more than 30 years with Brevard Public Schools at Longleaf before being promoted to a position overseeing several schools in Brevard County.

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