OGDEN — Ogden School District and Gramercy Elementary will hold a legacy celebration to commemorate the school before its closing at the end of this school year.
The celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Gramercy Elementary, 1270 Gramercy Ave.
The event will include food, legacy postcards, a memory journal, school tours, photos and a display of school memorabilia from different periods in the school’s history, which began when the school opened in 1953.
“We encourage past and present Gramercy Grizzlies to bring your yearbooks, photos, awards, shirts and any other memorabilia” to display at the event, said a flyer distributed to the community by the school district. Owners can pick up their memorabilia at the conclusion of the celebration.
There will also be a poster-sized photo of the school that past and present Grizzlies can sign with their name and their years of attendance or work there.
The district plans to find a home for the photo to be displayed, said Jer Bates, the district’s director of communications.
“Gramercy Elementary School will forever hold a special place in my heart,” said Chad Carpenter, assistant superintendent of Ogden School District, in an email. “It is where I started my career in education, and while students graduate and move on to junior high and high school, and teachers retire and change over time, Gramercy and its students and staff will forever represent the best in Ogden City and Ogden School District.”
”Our teachers and staff were wonderful. They had time to listen to the children as well as instruct them,” said Saundra Stephens, Gramercy’s secretary from 1984–2009. “The students enjoyed the Rainbow Bus and the Boys and Girls Clubs providing help after school ... It was a very enjoyable place because of the positive attitude.”