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Faculty, Family Celebrate Ladd Weeks Before it Closes

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People with connections to Ladd Elementary School gather to celebrate and say goodbye before it closes. People with connections to Ladd Elementary School gather to celebrate and say goodbye before it closes.

Once a school, forever a family - that was the message Wednesday night as hundreds celebrated Ladd Elementary School.

The Augusta County school located in Waynesboro is closing its doors in less than a month. Parents, teachers, students and principals, both past and present, honored Ladd's legacy with memories shared and patriotic songs.

Some are sad to see the end of a nearly 50-year era.

"It upsets the kids and everything as well as the parents. We know this school. We know the faculty. And it's a great school. I hate to see it close," said parent Dana Cash.

Others are optimistic.

"It's sad, but I do feel like they need a little bit of a change. A little bit of a newer environment," said parent Amanda Becerra.

The celebration ended with a song - "Let There Be Peace on Earth" - while everyone formed a circle that extended from the school to the street.

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