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June 12, 2013

Remembering a school

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Saladin also recalled the final day of student attendance at the school prior to the consolidation of District 80 Schools and the subsequent deeding of the facility to the city.

"We always had an end of school parade," Saladin said. "That year, there was a hearse at the end of the parade. I'm sure Armando Settles had a hand in that, but it was appropriate. It almost felt like a funeral. It was like losing a family member."

A piece of the history of the building will also be available to residents who want a part of it. Souvenir bricks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school site.

"There is a limit of one brick per person," McKenna said. "Anything that remains after one brick is given to those who want them, then people may come back for an additional brick. We have a limited number and want to make sure everyone gets one."

McKenna said there have been some reports of people going on the grounds of the demolition to take bricks in advance of the giveaway.

"Please wait until Friday," McKenna said. "It is a dangerous site. If someone can't make it during the giveaway, they can call me and I will reserve a brick for them."

McKenna reported another search of the site is on — for time capsules.

"We will be digging for time capsules this week," McKenna said. "We have been told by former students and staff there are some buried there. We are going to start looking and hope we find something."

The site should be cleared by the end of next week, McKenna said, and by the end of July, crews will have the area back to a green space. Additional plans for the property have not been determined at this time.

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