Farewell, Roosevelt School

The Roosevelt Elementary School (now the Roosevelt Learning Center), burned down Saturday night (6/15/2014).  The building was built in 1920, and featured a beautiful stairway flanked by two huge marble columns.  I walked through those doors many, many times (a decade apart) with two of my children, and I do not think I once passed the columns without pressing my palm to one and murmuring an appreciative word.   I loved to watch the little heads crane skyward, and I can only imagine the columns seemed as tall as the sky to them.   The community has lost an anchor for many families.


St Cloud Times Photo


The intact column


The broken column


This is the calm-down tree.  If you were a frustrated student, this is where you could go to get things under control.


The spouse just stacked those blue chairs a week ago

A youngster says goodbye to his first classrooms


Some nice brickwork you were never meant to see

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