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Closing Fluvanna Schools to Celebrate One Last Time

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It will be a bittersweet day for hundreds of students and families in Fluvanna County. About a month from now, Cunningham and Columbia elementary schools will close their doors for good - but not before both schools get a chance to celebrate years filled with great memories. 

It was a decision that came during a tumultuous time for the school system, but people are putting that behind them now. And are focused on making sure this chapter gets closed the right way. 

As Cunningham and Columbia Principal Sue Davies reflects on the memories made during her six-year tenure, she can't help but smile. 

"Looking back at all of the people that have made the schools special," Davies said.

Next week, there will be two separate events to celebrate with former principals, teachers, volunteers and people who have been a part of the school communities over the years. The public is being asked to submit videos, pictures or any mementos that represent their memories. 

"Well, I think any time that you're changing things around, any time that you're closing a school, you have to remember all of the wonderful things that have happened at that school, and all of the families that have gone through," Davies said.

Both schools were forced to close - the result of trying to close a nearly $1 million budget deficit - but Davies says they are past that now.

"I think the community has accepted the idea of the change and we are ready to move forward," she said. 

The focus is on preparing for the transition to Central Elementary School, where Davies will be the principal of first- and second-graders. Although they are changing buildings, she says the sense of community will still be there. 

"Once a cub always a cub, and also once a cool cat always a cool cat," she said. 

The celebration for Columbia is next Thursday, May 9 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cunningham's is the following day, May 10,  from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the school. 

Click to find out how to submit mementos to Columbia or Cunningham.

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