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Emerson Elementary School prepares to close doors for good

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - As the weather turns warmer and summer approaches, schools across the area are preparing to shut their doors for the year.

But some schools in Siouxland are preparing to close their doors forever.

Emerson Elementary School in Sioux City held their last open house Sunday, inviting community members with fond memories from the neighborhood staple to walk the halls one last time.

Several people, young and old, spent the afternoon walking through the historic building and flipping through pictures of classes long gone.

School officials said they loved the chance to let people say goodbye to a school that was such a big part of their life.

"There's a lot of nostalgia seeing rooms that they were actually students in or teachers in. It's kind of funny how a lot of them say it hasn't changed. It looks a lot like it did when they were here," John Beeck, Emerson Elementary Principal said.

One former student went to Emerson all the way back in the 1940s.

He said he's sad to see it go, but he thinks it's necessary to keep the community moving forward.

"It's kind of emotional to go back and look at the classes," Don Groves, former Emerson student said. "They haven't changed hardly any. It's just kind of nice to come back through and see the thing. You hate to see a school get torn apart, but that's progress that has to happen."

Emerson, along with Roosevelt Elementary, will be officially closed after the 2013-2014 school year.

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