J.T. Stevens Elementary
J.T. Stevens Elementary School celebrated its 50th birthday with a series of festivities, Friday, October 20, 2017.
Activities included the J.T. Stevens Big Red Sound Machine choir and the Alumni Choir, made up of 15 former J.T. Stevens Elementary School students, singing the school song and America the Beautiful.
A ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Outdoor Learning Environment on campus closed out the birthday celebration.
J.T. Stevens Elementary School currently educates approximately 500 students from early childhood to fifth-grade levels.
Academic excellence is part of the J.T. Stevens Elementary tradition, says Sara Montañez, music specialist and organizer for the 50th birthday celebration.
“We pride ourselves on having strong community partnerships and a family-like atmosphere,” she said. “Our school is home to talented, hard-working teachers, including a district teacher of the year, a district teacher of the year finalist and two teaching chairs. JT Stevens is a great place to work and go to school.”
The campus first opened its doors in 1967 to approximately 650 students ranging from kindergarten to the sixth grade. It cost more than half a million dollars to construct.
The school namesake was a Fort Worth resident for 30 years who dropped out of school in the eighth grade. When Mr. Stevens retired as a hardware store owner, he donated 66 acres for the school site along with nearly 90 other acres for Fort Worth ISD school sites. Mr. Stevens, who died in 1975, said he wanted students to have more opportunity that he had.