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Lancaster ISD Hosts ‘Thanks for the Memories’ Goodbye Events for West Main & Pleasant Run Elementary Campuses

Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD – In the fall of 2017, Lancaster ISD will open two new 21st Century, technology- integrated elementary campuses. While district leaders are excited about opening the new West Main and Pleasant Run Elementary campuses, they want to be sensitive to and honor
the memories of the existing campuses before they are torn down. 

On Friday, June 2 from 5 PM – 7 PM, district staff is planning a simple “Thanks for the Memories” celebration for former students, staff and parents of both campuses to return for ceremonial goodbyes. Attendees can view historical pictures, take commemorative photos, shares stories and even sign their names along with special messages on the walls.
 
School Board member and Lancaster ISD alumna Ellen Clark encouraged the district to host a goodbye event for the community.

“At the Texas Association of School Boards convention, somebody mentioned that we should be able to say goodbye to things and people in our lives,” she said.” I thought about how many children, teachers, and parents were a part of these two buildings, then the old song ‘Thanks for Memories’ and leaving a legacy came to mind.”

Clark is spearheading a special project where people can leave their legacy at the campus sites.
“You can leave your legacy by donating $1 along with the name you wish to honor or even your own name,” she said. “These names will be listed in the Memory Book but also put in a proper container to be sealed and buried with a tree in honor of alumni.”

Family legacies run deep in Lancaster and Clark understands that people have connections to the two oldest elementary schools in the district.

“Some families have three or more generations that attended these two campuses,” she said. “My mother taught at both schools, my children attended mostly West Main and I was there the first year it opened as a fifth grader.”

Former Lancaster ISD School Board President Nanette Vick, who currently works at Belt Line Elementary in Lancaster, said that she has many Pleasant Run Elementary memories.
“My history with Pleasant Run goes back to before I had a child of my own. I volunteered at the nearest elementary school to help pass the time since I did not work,” she said. “Pleasant Run was that special place and became a second home to me. When my daughter started public school in the second grade, she went to Pleasant Run and the connection just became stronger and deeper.”
 
In fact, not only did Vick’s daughter attend school at Pleasant Run, but she later went back to work there.

“I am proud that my daughter was able to teach at Pleasant Run for several years,” Vick said. “She was able to fulfill a personal dream and goal to give back to Pleasant Run students and make them as proud as she was to attend Pleasant Run.”

Both ladies plan to attend the “Thanks for the Memories” event to fellowship and reminisce with friends. In addition, both are looking forward to the new campuses opening soon.
 
“I love the look of the new West Main with the influence of the style of the old 1906 W.L. White Building which was on the Centre Street campus. W. L. White was my great-grandfather and I started first grade in that old building,” Clark said. “The new West Main has so many new amenities for students—the library is so inviting, the outside classrooms, the stage, dance classes, art rooms and lots of new technology. Putting a bell tower on this design with the 1958 class Victory bell to hang there makes the legacy of this building and Tiger Stadium a part of the Historic District.”

Vick is proud of how far the district has come, but is also sentimental about the campus that served as a second home to her.

“I am happy for the progress the district has made by providing new buildings with wonderful classrooms,” Vick said. “I am excited for the students and staff, but I will always look over and expect to see my Pleasant Run. I know my memories will never fade, but it could just be time to make some new ones.”