Coos Bay community bids farewell to Eastside Elementary, soon to be demolished

Coos Bay School District plans to pass along Eastwood Elementary's old school bell to the new building as a keepsake and reminder of its history. Photo taken May 16, 2018. (SBG)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Eastside Elementary is being demolished in the coming months to make way for a new building and for many, the feeling is bittersweet.

Former teachers and students are reminiscing about the good times had in the soon-to-be-demolished school.

"I was a teacher here,” said former teacher and community member Kristen DeAndrea. “This was my first teaching assignment back in way back in the late 1980s."

"Yep, she picked the color on the trim - pretty pink,” joked her husband, Dave DeAndrea.

She said she's grateful for the chance to revisit memories with former students and friends.

"We actually got engaged at the school - at the school carnival, so it's kind of special for us. 25 years ago, this month."

Coos Bay Schools Superintendent Bryan Trendell decided to host the party for the community.

"There's a lot of folks still in town that went to school here, taught here, worked here, who have some very fond memories and we just felt it was important for the history of this building to go ahead and have a farewell party," Trendell said, and he hopes people will come back to welcome the new building.

The district plans to pass along the old school bell to the new building as a keepsake and reminder of its history.

The students at Blossom Gulch Elementary will transfer to the new building once it's built.

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