Van Buren Elementary School will observe its 50th anniversary with a celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the school, 1515 Lapham St.

Student artwork and robotic demonstrations will be displayed at the open house and art fair.

The school band and orchestra will perform, and a drawing for the PTA raffle basket will be held.

Student leaders will present the Van Buren time capsule during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m.

In honor of the anniversary, each grade collected more than 50 donated items for each of six local charities, including GIFTS Men’s Shelter, Boys & Girls Club of Janesville, Head Start, Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin, YWCA Care House and KANDU Industries.

Students’ families, alumni and the public are welcome to attend the celebration.

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