Photisampan Pittayakarn School celebrated its 59th anniversary in Naklua.
Former Pattaya Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn and Pairoj Prawatlert-Udom, chairman of the local Basic Education Commission office, participated in the July 10 festivities for the school started on the grounds of Photisampan Temple.
Candles and incense were lit to pay homage to school founder Luang Pho Boonmee Akkaboonyo. Nine monks from the temple chanted holy stanzas and partook in a morning meal.
In the afternoon, school officials handed out scholarships.
The school traces its roots to 1956 when Naklua locals Prong and Yin Phansamniang donated five rai of land to Boonmee to build a temple. He had only 40 baht to spend, but built the temple with donations from the community.
In 1960, he applied to the government to open a Prathom-level school at the temple and, a year later, opened the Mathayom-level classrooms and the school took the name Photisampan Pittayakarn School.