Tuesday marks the 100th school day of the 100th year at Immaculate Conception School.
Students and faculty members will commemorate the day with a variety of activities, beginning with a special Mass at 9 a.m. at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity.
At 1:30 p.m., cardiologist Mac Bowman will speak from the perspective of a father whose four children attended the school.
In the days leading up to the event, students have been taking in small toiletry items such as toothpaste and lotion and socks in increments of 100 to be distributed by Catholic Social Services.
They have decorated bulletin boards honoring the school and created displays with artifacts from the school’s history.
In history and writing assignments, students have written about the school, its history and what it means to them, said alumni association President JoAnn Cook.
After the program, students will bury a time capsule filled with items that represent the 2012-13 school year. The younger pupils will follow that by blowing bubbles on the lawn.
“This is the kickoff for the centennial celebration,” Cook said.
A more formal celebration for alumni, on May 24-26, will include a banquet at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, a boat ride and school tours.
The school was founded in 1913, when the African Missionary Fathers built Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Immaculate Conception Academy on the corner of Laney-Walker Boulevard and 11th Street. They invited the Franciscan Sisters at St. Benedict to combine their girls’ boarding school with the academy.
The original building was torn down last year because it had deteriorated, which Cook said was a painful experience for many alumni.
“It makes all of us very sad,” she said. “I just believe that the spirit of Immaculate Conception lives in those of us that attended. That the spirit will continue through my kids, through their children and hopefully their children’s children.”