Massive preparations are going on for the 86th founding anniversary this Saturday of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), Liberia ‘s premier agricultural, technical and vocational training school in Kakata, Margibi County.
A calendar of events released from the campus says the head of the Liberia Telecommunication Authority, Madam Angeline Weeks, will make history, becoming the first personality to address the institute’s Founder’s Day program following the Ebola crisis.
Events marking the anniversary kick off today (Friday) with all-day sporting activities on the campus. Some of the games will see the Fox of College of West Africa take on the 86-year-old Tiger of BWI. CWA will be attempting to alter the unbeaten records of BWI.
Then on Saturday, June 27, dressed in the red and white colors of the school, alumni will be joined by friends and well-wishers to lead staff and the student body in a parade that promises to bring Kakata to a standstill for hours. The famous Unity Marching Band will back BWI’s own brass band to add some flavour to the event.
BWI majorettes will be at their best, displaying some of the latest dance strokes of the 21st century. Also on Saturday, Alumnus Kenneth Y. Best, a member of the Class of 1959, will lead his fellow Glee Club choristers in entertaining guests in the newly renovated auditorium of the school.
Sunday, June 28, will climax the celebration with the holding of a chapel service in the morning and a musical concert in the afternoon to show gratitude to God for His blessings upon the school throughout its 86 years of existence.
Saturday’s celebration will also include alumni’s visit to the site of their project on campus —- The Alumni House. For over two weeks now, BWI alumni from across the country have been frequenting the campus to get acquainted with events planned to mark the anniversary and purchase souvenirs released for the occasion.
The administration, in showing appreciation for the involvement of alumni in effort to keep the school running uninterrupted, has offered to make the school bus available to transport alumni from Parker Paint in Paynesville to the campus on the morning of June 27, taking off at 9.