What started in 1972 continued this past week at Beach Elementary on Fort Myers Beach. Each spring 5th graders, teachers and staff leave their mark on the school campus with their signatures in a special section of wet cement, marking their upcoming transition to Middle School.
This year 26 students in Mrs. Martin’s class took turns entering their autograph using construction nails, with the assistance of local developer and sidewalk signing expert, Joe Orlandini, and some of his associates in the construction trades. Sections of cement sidewalk or cement pads are scattered all over the Beach Elementary campus dating back to 1972. This year’s location was made possible by the break up and removal of a portion of a section of sidewalk at the rear of the school property.
Special this year was the recognition of two generations of Beach Elementary students signing together. Randy Amos, a lifelong FMB resident and Beach Elementary alum, first signed in 1976. Amos explained his section was damaged by Mother Nature, and removed some years back. His son Connor, a 5th grader himself now signed along with his Dad, marking this special Beach Elementary tradition together.
Special thanks go out to Beach Elementary Principal Dobbins, teachers, staff and Joe Orlandini & Co. for keeping this Island tradition alive.
Caption: Beach Elementary 5thgrader Connor Amos and his father, Randy Amos, prepare to sign their names in concrete, a Beach Elementary tradition.