By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

HAINES — Malina Lichlyter was so engaged with gluing tiny bits of tile that she didn’t want to stop.

She devised a plan, which she whispered to fellow Haines first-grader Ayla Kolilis.

“Let’s do it in slow-mo,” Malina said, and both girls slowed down their progress to a snail’s pace.

But then it was time for recess and the girls left in giggles to go play ninjas.

These two weren’t the only ones enchanted with tile — every student at Haines Elementary School helped create a mosaic tile mural to celebrate the school’s 100th birthday.

Local artist Andrea Stone spent two weeks at the school working with students on the mosaic. Each grade from preschool to 6 designed a wagon wheel, and students created those designs as well as the background of mountains and sky with multiple colors of tile.

The finished mural will hang near the school’s entrance in time for the Centennial Celebration planned for May 30.

Events for the evening will be at both Haines School and Eastern Oregon Museum, which is housed in the school’s original gymnasium.

The museum, at 610 Third St., will be open from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Museum volunteer Mary Jane Guyer said Haines alumni and the community are encouraged to bring yearbooks and memories to share.

“It’s a meet-and-greet — come gather and reminisce,” Guyer said.

Haines School was built in 1919. The gymnasium was built in 1931 and was used until 1945, which was the last graduating class from Haines.

After that, older students were bused to North Powder or Baker City.

The city of Haines acquired the gymnasium in 1959, and gave it to the museum to create a permanent exhibit for Haines history.

Eastern Oregon Museum celebrates its 60th anniversary in June. This summer’s special display will focus on the rural schools of the area, which fits in with the Haines School milestone.

After the museum gathering, the Centennial Celebration moves to the school From 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Haines students and the Baker Community Orchestra will present a musical performance on the south lawn. Anthony Johnson, a Haines alumnus and former principal, will be the guest speaker.

From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., visitors are invited inside the school for a tour and refreshments provided by the Mutual Improvement Club.

“People can walk around and see what it looks like now,” said Katy Collier, Haines principal.

She said the school received a grant from the Buerkel-Zollner Foundation to complete the mosaic. Mementos from the past will be on display in a new case built by Bill Mitchell Sr.

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