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Students "Hug" Their School Goodbye

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It's a bittersweet time for children anxious for Summer, when they also know they're leaving behind their elementary school -- for good.

Today is the last day of school for these kids -- and the last day as an elementary school for this building.  So students, teachers and staff gathered for a goodbye hug of Riverside Elementary.

Next year, students currently attending classes at the Hughes Building will move-in.  These Riverside students will go to a nearby elementary school.  But they'll get to take their Principal with them, when they all reunite in the Fall at Dorothy Moses Elementary.  Still, knowing their departure is permanent has been difficult.

"Riverside's been a part of this community for so long on the South side and where we've taken this head-on and we've made the best of the situation that we possible can.  We're all going to miss this.  It's a very emotional time for everybody," says Dr. Jason Hornbacher, Principal, Riverside Elementary in Bismarck.  

The closing of Riverside as an elementary school was a controversial move.  Some said taxpayers were not informed they would lose an elementary school permanently when they approved building two new elementary schools.


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