The school bell rang for the last time Friday. The last day of school at Metter Elementary was the last "last" after more than 60 years. The school closes to consolidate into a K-8th grade campus this fall.
"Teachers, students, everyone is excited," noted third grade teacher Joy Ferry. "A new building gives us more space to do hands-on activities and a new building will allow more technology."
The school will be on Highway 129, right next to Metter High School. It will combine three campuses around town. Each age group will have an area on campus, but share cafeteria, media center and other spaces. The consolidation means one destination for parents.
"It's going to be awesome," noted Angel Mixon, a mother of five. "They're talking about it and we're excited. We're ready for it."
The move is also bittersweet for several teachers with strong bonds to the old school, which has had many identities in six decades that included segregated schools.
"My late father attended school here when it was the Lilian Street Training Center," noted staff member Felicia Forbes. Forbes' children are the third generation to attend classes here.
Media specialist assistant Blondie Harden Lundy attended during the final days before integration. Joy Ferry later attended middle school on the campus.
"T have taught science in the same room where I learned science as a student," she said. "We had third grade program yesterday and I realized it was the last one here for me and the last here. It's bittersweet."
Elementary students will move to the new campus in the fall. Middle schoolers will stay at their current site and move in after Christmas break in January.
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