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Crosby-Ironton schools to celebrate 100 years

The Crosby-Ironton School District is ramping up plans to recognize and celebrate its 100th year, including a memorabilia display, oldest living graduate recognition, an alumni band in this summer’s Fourth of July parade — all capped off with an all-school gathering during Heritage Days in August.

Part of the celebration will be a special memorabilia display, open to the public the night of graduation. The Centennial Committee is asking the public to share their C-I District artifacts and items for the one-night event.

Items will be locked up securely until the night of the memorabilia display event, and they will be watched by volunteers throughout the night they are on display.

Items needed are old yearbooks, letter jackets, photographs and more. Items may be dropped off at the C-I Community Education Office no later than May 9. The items will be tagged with the owner’s name and will be available to pick up in the days following graduation.

The memorabilia display will be open to the public the night of graduation from 2-7 p.m. in the junior high band room.

There will also be an alumni band to march in the Crosby Fourth of July parade.

Anyone of any age who graduated from Crosby-Ironton and still plays an instrument is invited and welcome to join the group. Those unable to physically march will be invited to ride on a float behind the marchers. The group will be contacted ahead of time with an easy piece of music the group will collectively play. They will then meet once ahead of time to practice the piece and their order and marching prior to the parade.

Those interested in participating with the C-I Alumni Band are asked to email Planer at or call 218-545-8800 ext. 6853 no later than June 2. All band instruments are welcome.

If anyone is interested in percussion, this would require extra time and practice with the C-I Summer Drum Line, but could be arranged.

The Centennial Committee is also coordinating an all-school event to be held in conjunction with Heritage Days festivities in August. More information will be announced in the coming weeks.

To help commemorate the Centennial Celebration, window decals with the 1914-2014 Centennial logo are for sale and available for $5 each at the C-I Community Education office, the Crosby Courier and Crosby City Hall.

Also, donations to help support Centennial celebration endeavors are being accepted by the Centennial Committee. For additional information, contact Dale Sova at or by calling 218-545-8822.

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