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Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center Celebrates 30 Years

Fort Worth ISD’s Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center is celebrating 30 yearsof memories and impact this week.alice carlson 30th anniversary photo

More than 40 students and educators from the past and present and District administrators, including Superintendent Angélica M. Ramsey, gathered on the campus balcony Wednesday to express what the campus has meant to them the impact the school has had on their lives.

 “We’re proud, proud of our history and proud of what applied learning looks like in the 21st century and beyond … for our students,” said Principal Elizabeth Kelz. 

Nearly 300 people signed up to participate in the anniversary festivities. Families were also encouraged to complete reflection cards explaining what the school means to them.original alice carlson alc students and educators attend 30th anniversary celebration

Annually the school PTA sponsors two community events to bring Alice Carlson families together. This week, it partnered with the campus to sponsor an event on the school lawn celebrating the school’s 30th anniversary. The PTA sponsored several food trucks to feed the 30-year anniversary celebration attendees. 

“We're excited to see all our families and school staff come together to celebrate, share stories of our time at Carlson, and enjoy dinner on the lawn,” said Amy Groat, Alice Carlson PTA president.

Alice Carlson ALC is a FWISD Gold Seal School of Choice. The applied learning method encourages independent learning and working as a team “to apply classroom learning to new situations,” according to the Alice Carlson ALC website.

Named for the District’s first female school board member, Alice Carlson opened as an Applied Learning Center for kindergarten to fifth-grade students in 1992 on West Cantey Street. However, the school’s roots date back to the mid-1920s. Learn more of alice carlson alc students participating in 30th anniversary festivities