East Portsmouth celebrates 10 years


By Portia Williams - [email protected]



Kristi Toppins Principal of Portsmouth East Elementary joined by students, came dressed in accordance with the ‘Frozen’ theme for the 10-year celebration.


EPE staff manned a host of game stations at the Winter Carnival held Thursday.


Students enjoy a game of bowling in the Art room at EPE during the Winter Carnival.


Face painting was another fun activity in the gymnasium at EPE that students enjoyed.


SCIOTOVILLE — Staff, students and parents at East Portsmouth Elementary School (EPE), 5929 Harding Ave. in Sciotoville, celebrated their 10-year anniversary with a Winter Carnival and ‘Frozen’ theme on Thursday.

With game stations, colorful decorations, hot dogs and other snacks, the Winter Carnival offered a fun-filled environment for the attendees to participate in.

Leslie Rickman, a third grade reading teacher and Intervention Specialist at EPE, said the Winter Carnival is an expression of celebration for the staff, students, and parents of EPE.

“We are celebrating our 10 years of being in our new building with Portsmouth City Schools and we have invited our students out and parents and everybody to enjoy the occasion by doing carnival games, eat hot dogs and just enjoy the time,” Rickman said.

Rickman said having a nice building has been beneficial to the students and community overall.

“I think that this is a great thing for our community, for our kids to be able to have an awesome building like this, and to be able to have the technology that is made available to them so that they can increase and enhance their educational performance,” Rickman said.

Ginny Sturgill, a kindergarten teacher at EPE, said that EPE was the first of the three new buildings constructed in the Portsmouth City School District to occupy their building.

“We have been having such a wonderful time at our 10-year anniversary Winter Carnival celebrating 10 years in our new building,” Sturgill said. “Out of the three buildings we moved into our building December, and we were the first to move in. We are the guinea pigs and we are still here, and doing very well in this community.”

Sturgill said she attributes the success of EPE over the course of the 10 years to the staff.

“We work extremely well together here,” Sturgill said. “We have a wonderful staff, we have a wonderful principal, and that is the advantage of being in a small building K-6, and having all of us meet together to talk about all of the kids and what we can do for them. It is just a nice building to work in. We chose the Frozen theme and Winter Carnival, and here we are.”

Kristi Toppins, EPE Principal, said she is very pleased with the progress and success of EPE.

“We could not have asked for a better group of kids to serve. We have an excellent, diverse group of students here at East Portsmouth,” Toppins said. “Our staff is great as well as the parents, and we are celebrating our 10 years this evening and having a wonderful time with the Winter Carnival.”

Kristi Toppins Principal of Portsmouth East Elementary joined by students, came dressed in accordance with the ‘Frozen’ theme for the 10-year celebration.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_IMG_1700.jpgKristi Toppins Principal of Portsmouth East Elementary joined by students, came dressed in accordance with the ‘Frozen’ theme for the 10-year celebration.

EPE staff manned a host of game stations at the Winter Carnival held Thursday.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_IMG_1682.jpgEPE staff manned a host of game stations at the Winter Carnival held Thursday.

Students enjoy a game of bowling in the Art room at EPE during the Winter Carnival.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_IMG_1687.jpgStudents enjoy a game of bowling in the Art room at EPE during the Winter Carnival.

Face painting was another fun activity in the gymnasium at EPE that students enjoyed.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_IMG_1692.jpgFace painting was another fun activity in the gymnasium at EPE that students enjoyed.

By Portia Williams

[email protected]

Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

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