The Final Chapter

The Herald | The Final Chapter

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Story by Addison Schnarr

Photos by Fernanda Alas, Arden Brames, Rory Heichelbech & Breyanna McAtee

Edited by Breyanna McAtee

Tenth Street Elementary Principal Kent Taylor poses for a portrait in his office.


We are all going to miss Tenth Street Elementary School.

But we are excited for a change.

Mrs. Jasper will miss all the little things. Fourth-grader Koen Bett is sad about leaving all the memories here. I’m going to miss the school, and seeing it empty will hurt.

Still, we are looking forward to many different things at Jasper Elementary School.

“I’m nervous, I’m excited, I’m sad,” said Mrs. Jasper, a fifth-grade teacher at Tenth Street. “It’s going to be hard to clean out all of these closets and drawers. I have a lot of stuff, in 30 years, in all these closets and drawers. But I’m excited.”

The Tenth Street building was erected in 1960. Next school year, it won’t be filled with cheering and learning kids. They will be at the new Jasper Elementary. Fifth Street Elementary will close after this year, too, and elementary students of all grades will study at JES.

Tears might come to our principal, Mr. Taylor, when he says goodbye. Fourth-grade teacher Mrs. Freyberger is going to miss seeing the trees outside her window blossoming in the spring. Tenth Street will forever have a place in fifth-grader Carter Blome’s heart.

But change is good and exciting. When the students and staff say their final goodbyes, they will leave their familiar community to form a new one. Mr. Taylor is excited for Fifth Street and Tenth Street to come together under one roof.

“I’m looking forward to having our third-, fourth- and fifth-graders act as mentors for the little ones,” Mrs. Kluesner, an instructional assistant at Tenth Street, said of the new bonds that will be formed between the older and younger kids. “I think we can be good role models for them.”

The photos for this story were taken by a group of fourth- and fifth-grade students. I hope these pictures make you feel happy and I hope they make you remember this school in a positive way.

I always will.