Bergens set to celebrate 40 years of teaching Evergreen’s kids

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

The Bergens are inviting former students and staff to take a walk down memory lane during the two-day celebration of the schools’ 40 years of teaching elementary students.

The celebration will be Nov. 4 and 5 at Bergen Meadow Elementary School. Organizers hope that former students, parents of former students, and anyone in the community associated with the Bergens will attend the weekend’s events.

“People love this school,” said Pam Lindquist, a parent who has organized the anniversary activities. “Their memories of their time at Bergen were so impactful for them. The alums can’t wait to return for the celebration.”

She said it was heartwarming to hear from former teachers and students, and listen to the stories they tell.

“It’s so great that a town like Evergreen celebrates all of its wonderful institutions,” she said.

Bergen Elementary School opened for the 1971-72 school year. It split into two schools: Bergen Meadow Elementary School, which was the original building that now houses preschool through second grade, and Bergen Valley Elementary School, which house grades three through five.

The 40th anniversary festivities begin with an assembly at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the school gym. Current and former administrators, teachers and alumni will speak. A time capsule buried 20 years ago will be opened, and a new one will be filled. Boy Scout Troop 119 will present the flag.

Parking at the school will be reserved for alumni and those needing assistance. All other visitors are asked to park at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building.

One of Bergen Elementary's most famous alums, Rodd Mackey, a sportscaster with KUSA-TV, will address the kids through a taped speech. The children also will hear from Hank Alderfer, a local historian, via taped speech, who will talk about the early history of the Bergen Park area.

He talks about how the Bergen Park School at one time only had one room to house all the grades. There also was a Soda Creek School about a mile away near where the Whippletree restaurant is now. Each year, only one of the schools was open, and that determination was made based on where most students lived.

Saturday’s events begin with a 2-mile bike ride and fun run along the newly completed phase of the North Evergreen Activity Trail. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Cost to register is $20 for individuals and $30 for families.

Registrants get commemorative T-shirts, a commemorative bag and a water bottle.

Sponsoring the Bike and Fun Run are the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, NEAT, the Mountain Area Land Trust and the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce.

The final program will begin at 10 a.m. in the Bergen Meadow field, when alums will be honored and will form a living timeline, marking the years they attended the school.

State Farm agent Michelle Vanags will give away two baseballs signed by former Rockies player Kevin Kouzmanoff, an Evergreen High School graduate.

All day on Friday and on Saturday morning, the school library will have a display of the history of the school in photographs.

For more information about the 40th anniversary celebration, contact Lindquist at 720-339-4687 or at pplindquist@gmail.com.