A span of generations gathered in the gymnasium August 12, forming several mini class reunions and recounting old stories from their days at the former Union Elementary off Cincinnati Dayton Road.
One community member returned to the school that offered him his first teaching job back in 1960. Another former student returned seeking out the baptismal necklace she accidentally dropped inside an old banister back in 1992 when she attended Union as a fifth-grader.More stories are shared in the Journal-News’s coverage of the event.
The West Chester – Union Township Historical Society, in partnership with Lakota, hosted the community walk-through. The open house was held just before the demolition of the school began this week.
Present at the open house was a local Eagle Scout hopeful who is partnering with Lakota and the Historical Society to erect a memorial wall at the current Union Elementary. The wall will be built from and funded by bricks from the former school that are purchased and engraved by community members. For those who to wish to have a personal keepsake from the school, the Historical Society is selling individual bricks. More information about both opportunities will be available in future editions of “This Week at Lakota.”
A collaboration agreement negotiated between Lakota and the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester Liberty will replace the former school with a new, privately-funded home for the club. The long-term land lease eliminates Lakota’s costly maintenance of the current building while still allowing the district to retain ownership of the valuable property. Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions about the collaboration agreement with the Boys & Girls Club.