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Lakeside Elementary School, located in the Brookland District, was named for the community of Lakeside. Major Lewis Ginter named the scenic location of Lakeside when he built an amusement park by the lake with a zoo, games for children, and water sports.

Lakeside Elementary School opened in September 1948.  The beautiful new school was a fulfillment of the hopes and dreams of the community.  Lakeside Elementary School has always been the center of the community and from its opening, had a very active Parent Teacher Association.  Other groups, clubs, and sponsors that have supported the school’s activities throughout the years include the Lakeside Civic Association, the Brook Run Garden Club, the Lakeside Lions Club, the Youth Activities Council, the Optimist Club, Bell Atlantic, the Kiwanis Club, and the Lakeside Business Association.  The community has completed many needed projects around the school and has provided the school with many necessary materials.  Some of these donations include playground equipment, a piano, landscaping, air conditioners, books, school supplies, painting, and volunteering time as safety patrols, clinic attendants, school club sponsors, and library helpers.

Over the years, Lakeside Elementary School has had many wonderful principals.  During their tenure, each principal uniquely added something great to the school’s legacy.  The following is a list of the principals who have lead Lakeside Elementary School since its opening:

H. A. McKann (1948-1955)
Paul G. Watson (1955-1957)
Hugh Douglas Pitts (1957-1965)
John Butsavage (1965-1977)
Jack Mitchell (1977-1985)
Gene Wade (1985-1986)
Faye Thompson (1986-1997)
William A. Pike, Jr. (1997-2006)
Lenore Williams (2006-2007)
Herbert T. Monroe, III (2007-2013)

Debbie Samuel (2013-Present)

Currently, Lakeside Elementary serves students in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth.  We have several instructional programs to enhance our students’ learning.  These programs include Title 1, ESL, Exceptional Education, and PALS.  Students are immersed daily in technology and activities to develop the 21st century skills that will help them be successful in life.  Teachers work together in teams under the direction of Mrs. Samuel to ensure that our students are getting the appropriate education and a quality education to serve their needs.  Past special projects and programs held throughout the school year included Family Reading and Math Nights, Spelling Bee, Library Reading Contests and Book Clubs, Battle of the Brains Competitions, Student Council Association, student produced Live Morning Announcements, student Safety Patrols, Lakeside Big Events, Read Across America Day, After School Programs, a Parent Resource Center, Kind Club Campaign, Diversity Night, Field Day, Musical Productions, and the Learning Garden.  Our school has contributed to the Maymont Animal Foundation, Pennies for Patients, Jump Rope for Heart,  and the Christmas Mother food and book drive.  We have honored our Veterans through a special remembrance program each year.

We are very proud of our sense of community and family here at Lakeside.  Our theme for the upcoming 2018-19 school year is TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More.  Join us as we achieve more than we ever have at Lakeside Elementary School as we prepare our students for College, Career, and Citizenship!

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