In all our sadness at seeing the end and demolition of the original Space Center, let's not forget to say a fond farewell to the school which housed the program for all these years. The Central Elementary School we know has one more week of life before it is closed and demolition begins. The new Central Elementary School and Christa McAuliffe Space Center is going up right behind the current building. It will open in August.
The current Central School is actually the third building. The first Central School was built in 1893 and sat directly north of the current school. That building was sold to the LDS Church when the second Central Elementary School was built. The second school was a three story building. The current and third Central School was built in 1956.
I started teaching at Central in 1983. I taught 6th grade directly opposite the gym from 1983 to 1990 and directed the Space Center from 1990 to 2013. That's a whopping 30 years spent in one building.
|My first 6th Grade class. Last day of school photo. May 1984.|
From my Facebook Album: My 30 Years at Central
I had to be there for every overnight and summer camp. I know every nook and corner of that building. I recognize every pop and groan from its old boiler and radiators. It was my home away from home. I'll miss that old school and its distinctive smells.
If Central Elementary School has a special place in your heart (all you old Space Center volunteers, staff, and patrons) "Like" my Central School Memories Facebook page.
I'm digitizing the school's many history books from 1939 up to the present in a fun and readable way. A school as old as Central has a rich history. It is also fun to see how education has changed over the decades. For instance, in the 1960's Central's PTA strongly suggested in letters home that mothers NOT come to the school in slacks or have their hair in curlers. Come join us at Central School Memories on Facebook.
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Do you have a fond memory of these soon to be gone ships? Please send it to me for inclusion in future Troubadour Posts.
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