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Students say 'goodbye' to Washington Elementary School

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Students, staff and teachers said goodbye, Thursday, to a near century-old Sioux City school.

They hoisted more than four-hundred balloons, which were tied together in a "W" formation, to bid farewell to Washington Elementary School. The school will be demolished, next week, to make way for a brand-new school.

Many of the staff say they're excited for a new school, but sad to see this one go. "Somebody said to me recently, 'are you sad about leaving the building,' and I said, 'a little bit, but they said it's more important the people you are with rather than the place that you're at,' and I truly believe that is the case," said Principal Dawn Stansbury.

Thursday wasn't just the last day of school at Washington, but also the last for the school year. Many of the students have mixed emotions about leaving this school behind, and heading to different one in the future. "I'm looking forwards to a bigger lunchroom," said Alexis Bader, 3rd grade. "It's also sad, because I don't like the thought of my school that I went to being tore down," said Jacy Fehl, 5th grade.

Students will attend Longfellow Elementary until construction of the new Washington Elementary is done in August of 2015. Teachers and staff will begin moving supplies there on Friday.

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