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Old soldiers never die; they just fade away -- as do old schools. As both richly deserve credit but seldom receive it, I was prompted to write.
Sometime in the '20s in St. Petersburg, a small school was built in a small neighborhood, and not on a major street as most are. For years, if the name of the school was mentioned, everyone would ask, "Where is it?"
The size of the school and its location created a close-knit relationship that never ended between the parents and faculty. Due to the Depression, few jobs existed, and money was scarce. We are told that the parents and teachers rose to assist the children and the school in every way possible. Lunches were made; clothing, shoes and school supplies were obtained.
We must remember that most of the parents were existing day-to-day at this time. The school was certainly blessed in having such dedicated faculty members who so loved the children and went that extra mile to see that they received the education they sought.
I attended the sixth grade at this unbelievable school, as did our son and daughter years later. My wife served as PTA president several times, and, once again, the dedicated parents and PTA continued to accomplish wonders together for the benefit of the school and children.
In January 2003, the old "Forest Hills" Elementary School, located at 50th Street S and Sixth Avenue, was demolished to make way for a new school bus and storage facility.
Be assured that the school may be gone, but it shall never be forgotten.
-- Don Saxer, St. Petersburg