McCaffrey's critically acclaimed video
Roslyn Elementary School:
The Legacy of "The Little School That Could"
the traditional ďKen BurnsĒ style of historical
filmmaking, director Tom McCaffrey takes us through
a tour of what it was like to live and attend school
in the Roslyn area. Allison McCaffrey stars in her
very first screen role as the ghost of Lillian
Wickersham, Roslyn Elementary Schoolís first
principal. Lillianís ghost first introduces us to
Roslynís original schoolhouse, the Valley School
built in 1822. The journey then continues through
the early years of the new Roslyn Elementary School,
built in 1926, and through the changes in Roslynís
school and neighborhood as they progress through
World War II, the resulting baby boom, and then the
Cold War when educational attitudes were changed
the remnants of Hurricane Fran caused severe flood
damage to the school, requiring that the children
attend neighboring school facilities while the
necessary cleanup and repairs were made. And yet,
during that same year, Roslyn achieved the number
one ranking in PSSA reading scores and awarded the
prestigious Blue Ribbon award from the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania. The community pride and spirit of
excellence which culminated in these achievements
lives on today.
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