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Eugene Field Elementary hosts farewell open house

Friday, December 18, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 9:09 a.m. CST, Friday, December 18, 2009
Bill and Linda Giddings walk down a hallway of Field Elementary School with their granddaughter, Emily Crumbliss, 1, at the open house on Thursday. Linda Giddings taught fifth grade at Field Elementary from 1969-72 before moving on to becoming a mother and a kindergarten teacher. Students will have their last day at Field Elementary School on Friday, and will begin to attend Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School on Jan. 4. The Field Elementary School building is expected to become the home of the Columbia Public Schools' gifted education program.

Eugene Field Elementary held a farewell open house Thursday for members of the community. A flier distributed at the open house included the following information about the school.

Eugene Field Elementary School was built in 1916. The original building included six classrooms, rooms for domestic science, manual training and an office.

The school is named after Eugene Field Sr. (Sept. 2, 1850 - Nov. 4, 1895). Field was an American writer best known for his poetry for children and humorous essays, including the children's poem "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod."

The Eugene Field Elementary School community will move to Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School in January. The Eugene Field building will be transitioning to house Columbia Public Schools' Gifted Program and Early Childhood Education classes.

Beth Dixon, who has taught kindergarten for six years at Field Elementary School, helps Judy Arnett pack her second grade classroom into boxes on Thursday evening for the move to Alpha Hart Elementary School. Students will have their last day at Field Elementary School on Friday, and will begin to attend Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School on Jan. 4. The Field Elementary School building is expected to become the home of the Columbia Public Schools' gifted education program.
The central staircase of Field Elementary School is quiet and bare, as are many of the hallways, on Thursday evening. Teachers at the school have been clearing off the walls and packing up their classrooms in anticipation of the move to Alpha Hart Elementary School in time for classes to resume on Jan. 4. Students will have their last day at Field Elementary School on Friday. The Field Elementary School building is expected to become the home of the Columbia Public Schools' gifted education program.

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