St. Patrick's school has reached a landmark anniversary. Students, parents and alumni joined the staff Friday to celebrate 130 years of parochial education in Meridian.
Opening ceremonies were held on the grounds outside the school with many guests in attendance.
Students dressed in costumes that symbolized people and events of the past 130 years.
The school was established to allow parents a place to send their children for spiritual instruction, as well as academic opportunities.
St. Patrick's principal, Julie Bordelon, presented gifts to alumni who returned to the school to mark this historic occasion. She notes that alumni continue supporting the school with their concern and time.
George Walston, a former student of what was then St. Aloysius, spoke to current students Friday. He said not all that much has changed about the school since he attended it. Walston said students still feel the love for them demonstrated by the staff.
Letitia Johnson attended St. Patrick's from 1977-1983. She said she
was inspired to be a teacher by her own kindergarten teacher there.
St. Patrick's is open to both Catholic and non-Catholic students.