Reunion to save elementary school in Eolia

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

In an effort to save their school, several former students and teachers organized a reunion for Arlie Boggs Elementary in Letcher County.

Nearly 200 people attended a reunion for all generations of Arlie Boggs Elementary in Eolia.

The school was founded in 1895 and has been in the current building since 1929 with kindergarten through 8th grade.

"This school has been here for many decades. It's very much a pillar in our community. And this community needs Arlie Boggs," said Bambi Pelham, an organizer of the event and former student of Arlie Boggs Elementary.

The event started in the school's gymnasium with an award ceremony and continued with a picnic at the city park.

Anyone who attended, taught, or worked at Arlie Boggs Elementary was invited to the event in an effort to save the school.

Low student enrollment has put the school endanger of closing.

"It's like losing your heart because this school is the heart of our community, so if we lose it's like losing the heart of our community," said Mendy Boggs, PTO President and former student.

Former students say Arlie Boggs is more than a school. It is a family with lots of history.

"No school ever made an impression on my life like Arlie Boggs did, so I love it here," said Pelham.

"I went to grad school here. Then I came back years later and taught school here. And later I became principal here," said Ted Corder, a former student, teacher, and principal.

Some people traveled hours back to their hometown for the reunion.

Organizers hope the event will become a tradition.

This school year nearly 140 students are enrolled at Arlie Boggs Elementary in kindergarten through 8th grade.

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