Round Hills Elementary School soon will close its doors, but the memories are sure to remain alive for many of its former students, teachers and administrators.
Kristie Barner-Miller and Cheryl Oldt-Riley, both of Williamsport, met at the school as kindergarten students and became best friends.
“It’s sad to see it close,” Riley said.
As the two women walked the school’s halls during Saturday’s special open house, they had a wonderful time recalling their times at Round Hills.
“I remember clapping erasers,” Miller said. “It was a good day when you got picked to do that.”
They noted the many physical changes at the school since they attended in the 1980s.
“This was the library,” said Miller, pointing to a tiny room.
Students who went to the library,were required clip clothespins to their pants.
“There was no carpeting,” added Oldt as they continued down a hallway.
Riley recalled learning multiplication tables and learning about the states by forming their physical shapes out of dough.
Miller said she was not the first of her family to attend Round Hills.
Her mother, she said, was in the school’s initial first grade class in 1960, and her kids now attend Round Hills.
Steve Rolley recalled teaching at the school starting in 1968.
“It’s very sentimental,” he said, while standing in the school library. “I just hate to see it closed.”
He noted how the school became bigger over the years.
When he began teaching, many of the students were “country kids.” But over the years, as the residential area around the school developed, more suburban kids attended Round Hills.
“All nice kids,” he added.
Joyce Morgan taught kindergarten at the school for about a half dozen years beginning in the early 1960s.
“We didn’t have any of this,” she said, marveling at how much larger the school has become since her teaching days.
Morgan said she enjoyed her time at Round Hills because the school was small.
“The parents were extremely supportive,” she recalled.
In those days, most mothers didn’t work and were free to attend school functions and go on field trips.
“I started the kindergarten class here,” she said. “We only had one class of each grade level.”
Most of the students, she said, were bused.
She said the principal in those days was David Penman.
“It’s a wonderful school,” she said. “I’m sorry to see it go.”
Some of the students are sad to see it close as well.
“I don’t think it should close because most of my family members went here, and I think it’s a really nice school,” said Kharlee Farrington, a fifth-grade student.
Fifth-grade student Jessica Harvey agreed.
“I don’t think it should close,” she said.
Round Hills Elementary Principal Cindy Schuyler said the open house was a kind of bittersweet day for everyone.
“But I’m glad people get to come back and see things,” she said.
The halls of the school were decorated with art of students. There were old photos displayed in the library for visitors to look at as well as just a lot of old landmarks all around the school that brought back memories for people.
Schuyler said with its location in a residential area, Round Hills is a very community-oriented school.
She thought it was great that so many people attended the open house.
“I am pleasantly surprised at the number of people,” she said. “But it speaks to what the people think of Round Hills and what it means to them.”