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Farewell 'hug' is May 27, as Dent school prepares to close

A big, farewell hug will be given to the Dent Elementary School May 27, as the building will be closed as a school after this year.

A day full of activities is planned, with a brief program and gathering for the general public starting at 6 p.m.

During the school day, Dent alumni currently attending Perham elementary, middle and high schools will take a bus back to their old school. They will visit their former classrooms, and be invited to write a "graffiti message" on huge rolls of paper which will line the walls of the Dent school gym.

All current and former students will form a circle around the entire building--symbolizing a "farewell hug" of the school.

The Dent school's earliest roots date to 1905, and the first formal schoolhouse was completed in 1907. The present school was built in 1963--for $155,000. There was an addition in 1972, and a remodeling in 1989 to accomodate a computer lab.

The 6 p.m. evening program will feature a presentation of the colors by the Dent American Legion Post Color Guard. The Post has actively supported the Dent school through the years.

Past and present school officials will have brief messages for the audience. Rex Kingsbury, longtime Dent teacher and former principal, is assembling a slide presentation of Dent school images through the years.

Hot dogs, snacks and refreshments will be served after the program.

The city of Dent will be assuming ownership of the building after the school moves out. The Dent City Council is in the process of planning various uses for the facility.