If ever there was a time warp in La Cañada, it was at Palm Crest Elementary School on Friday, when teachers and students who hadn't set foot on campus for a half-century mixed with curious elementary school kids and faculty at a spirit rally-turned-reunion.
A small group of former students, assembling in town to celebrate their 50th reunion as the school's first graduating class, convened with two former Palm Crest teachers at the school bright and early for a student pep assembly.
“We have some special guests who graduated from Palm Crest when they were in sixth-grade in 1963. That was 50 years ago,” Principal Karen Hurley told students seated on the basketball court, as young minds attempted to grasp the concept of a half-century. “They used to be one of you.”
After a rousing game of “Are You Smarter than a Palm Crest Panther?” in which the returnees answered grade-specific questions in a relay format to determine a winner, the assembly continued. Later, recess began and children played and ran as the group of about 10 reunion celebrants watched.