Grand Island Public Schools and Stolley Park Elementary are inviting the community to celebrate the history of the school and build excitement for the future at an open house April 18 at the school.
Stolley Park Elementary's current building will be torn down this summer and construction of a new building will start in it's place. As part of the successful 2014 bond issue, Stolley Park will have a new school to start the 2019-2020 school year.
"We want the community to come share their memories of the oldest existing school in Grand Island," said Stolley Park principal Michael Persampieri.
The event will feature current students singing a song, memories from the school's 152 years and a look at what the future holds for Stolley Park.
"Grand Island should be proud of the history and tradition of Stolley Park Elementary," said Dr. Tawana Grover, GIPS superintendent. "This event is to honor that past while building excitement for the new building and traditions to come."
The event on Tuesday, April 18, begins with a presentation from 6:30 to 7 p.m. before an open house for walking throughout the school through 8:30 p.m.
There will be a video booth where people are encouraged to share memories of the school. There will also be a table where people can write down memories to go into a time capsule. Stuhr Museum will be on hand to share their exhibit on the school. The local historical society will have a display of artifacts from the original Stolley Park school.
Video and drawings of the new school design will be available to see what the future holds.
For those who can not attend this event, the school will be open for a self-guided walk through on a yet-to-be determined weekend day before the end of the school year.