End of an Era for Hopewell, Heritage

End of an Era: Hopewell, Heritage Pay Tribute to Long Histories
Posted on 05/30/2018
This is the image for the news article titled End of an Era: Hopewell, Heritage Pay Tribute to Long HistoriesendFamilies and community members were invited to take a trip down memory lane at both Heritage and Hopewell elementary schools this month. Before the buildings become early childhood schools in the fall, former and current staff, students and their families visited and shared memories as they toured the buildings.

On May 17, Hopewell staff facilitated a scavenger hunt for their guests. Visitors could view a photo timeline through the decades before visiting the gym, where old yearbooks, student time capsules and a video were on display. A rock painting project in the art room produced a decorative touch for the school’s new courtyard and outdoor learning space, a project made possible by the school’s PTO.

“This was a very special event for our Hopewell community,” said Hopewell Principal Christina French. “We’ve had many generations come through Hopewell over the last 55 years. It was a great opportunity to reminisce together and take a walk back through our long history. This has been a bittersweet year for our staff and students, but this was truly a night of celebration.”

On May 21, photographs highlighting moments throughout Heritage’s 26 years lined the walls for visitors to peruse as they toured the building. Guests were asked to sign wooden letters, spelling Heritage, that will hang on the wall in the new ECS. Notes describing favorite memories were collected and past yearbooks were on display. Classrooms were open and visitors enjoyed taking a look around to see how the school has changed over the years.

“It was so special that students and families felt so connected to Heritage that they wanted to come back and say goodbye to the Heritage they remembered. Those relationships are what make Heritage so special,” said Missy Alexander, principal at Heritage. “This is a bittersweet time because while we are saying goodbye to our current and past families, we are just as excited about building those relationships with our new families and looking forward to making new memories.” Alexander is grateful for the community’s support through the years and believed it was important to invite them to an open house at the school.

Pictured: Former and current staff, students and their families gather at Heritage (top) and Hopewell (bottom) elementary schools to share memories before the buildings transition to early childhood schools next year.