AMES– The Fellows Elementary School community is saying farewell by paying homage to its building and the learning opportunities and memories it housed for almost 50 years. Staff and parents have planned an open house farewell event from 1 – 3 p.m., Sunday, May 1.
Principal Carol Page said students are preparing displays of time capsules, which were buried 24 years ago and unearthed when sitework began for the new building students will occupy in August.
“Our fifth graders are interviewing past students and staff, and staff and students are creating bulletin boards depicting the school’s history and their favorite memories,” she said.
Page said honoring Dale Brentnall, the principal who opened the building, is a major focus of the event.
“Mr. Brentnall had a timeless vision for this building and its students and we all have benefited from his legacy,” she said. “We’ll be looping a video interview that we hope conveys what a remarkable man he is.”
Page said the public is invited to walk through the building and enjoy refreshments. Students will provide musical performances in the gymnasium at 1:30 and 2:30 pm.
“We’re excited to move into our new building, but it’s hard to think about this building being demolished,” Page said.
“There are a few things that deserve to be preserved. One of our families has offered to dig up the perennial bulbs in front of the building and give them away as mementos.”
In August, the school community will move into a new building built on the current site. The old building is scheduled for demolition in late June.