Kay Sakai Nakao, at center right, is honored at her 99th birthday celebration at Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School. A dual birthday party for Nakao and the school is planned for Saturday, Jan. 11 at the school. (Photo courtesy of Val Tollefson)

Kay Sakai Nakao, at center right, is honored at her 99th birthday celebration at Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School. A dual birthday party for Nakao and the school is planned for Saturday, Jan. 11 at the school. (Photo courtesy of Val Tollefson)

Joint birthday bash planned for Kay Sakai Nokao and Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School

  • Saturday, December 28, 2019 10:29am
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It’ll be two big birthdays in one.

Kay Sakai Nakao will be honored at an upcoming birthday celebration at Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School on Jan. 11.

Nakao recently turned 100 years old, and the celebration will also mark the school’s 20th birthday.

Officials with the Bainbridge Island School District are inviting the Bainbridge community to join the event, which starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at the school.

A program and reception will be followed by Sakai Arts Tours at noon, and at 12:30 p.m., there will be a screening of “Sakai Family of Bainbridge Island.”

Nakao’s family are longtime friends of Bainbridge schools, district officials noted, and the intermediate school was named after Nakao’s father, who sold much of his land at below-market rates to the school district.

The land where both Commodore School and the district office stand were also once strawberry fields owned by the Sakai Family.

Nakao has been an integral part of the Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School community since the school opened its doors opened 20 years ago.

At the start of each school year, Nakao welcomes students at the annual opening ceremony in a big event attended by the school’s students, staff, parents, and community members.

“We are honored to celebrate Kay and show her how much she means to us,” said Jim Corsetti, principal at Sakai. “She graces us with her charm, humor and kindness every year, and we want to return the favor!”

Guest speakers at the dual birthday bash include current and past Bainbridge school district superintendents and local dignitaries. Attendees will be treated to birthday cake.

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