The History of Lakewood Elementary School
Lakewood Elementary is a Pre-K through sixth grade school located in the northeastern quadrant of Huntsville, Alabama. Lakewood is on approximately twenty-one acres, bound on the west by the twisting, turning Pin Hook Creek. In 1955, a wealthy farmer and businessman, Carl Thomas, sold the land to make room for homes and a school in a growing town. The Lakewood area grew much faster than was expected. Construction of Lakewood Elementary School began in 1958. The first classroom wing of the building, offices, cafeteria, and library were completed for the school opening in September 1959 for grade 1 through 3. Students in grades 4 through 6 and the Lakewood faculty attended Lincoln school until the beginning of the second semester, January 1960, when they moved to the second wing of classrooms.
Our library was started in 1966 with a parent volunteer, Marguerite Watson, instituting the Dewey Decimal System for accessioning and cataloging our library books.. In September 2011, Lakewood was lucky to have the library remodeled in honor of inspiring a lifelong love of reading. The library was dedicated to celebrate 25 years of The Oprah Winfrey Show by Target, The Heart of America Foundation, and The Stewart/Perry Company.
All of the teachers are highly qualified based on the Alabama State Department of Education findings. Lakewood is a CEP school, every student receives a free breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The First Baptist Church continues to develop programs and initiatives to encourage parents to become involved in the education of their children. This partnership has created a very positive experience for the students, parents, and school personnel as well. The volunteers from First Baptist play an integral part in this process. They provide much needed tutoring assistance for struggling students. They contribute to the positive climate of the school by motivating and encouraging the faculty and staff throughout the year. The Lakewood teachers continue to embrace the 21st Century digital technology tools in an effort to provide a seamless integration of technology-rich classroom instruction. Lakewood's theme for the 2016-2017 school year is Lakewood Super Leaders.