The last first day

September 2, 2008 3:26:06 PM PDT
It's not often that students celebrate the "last first day" at their school. But that's exactly what happened Tuesday at the Manoa School in Havertown.

The school has been open for 111 years. Tuesday marked the last time students will start there school year there.

A new building is being constructed just two blocks away.

Still, people are finding it hard to say good-bye.

"It just has a real neighborhood feel. There's a lot of love from the teachers, administrators, and it carries with you in your heart," said Diane Denny, a former student and teacher.

The new school is nearly 20 thousand square feet larger. There are already bins stacked in the hallways and moving boxes are ready to be filled.

Principal Norbert Paga says they'll try to take as much memorablia as they can.

"Certain things like bricks from the front and move them to the walls of new building, and hand prints etched on main floor of the lobby in new building," Paga said.

Parents and teachers say the first day is emotional, but it will be really difficult when they tear down this school in spring or summer to make way for a new soccer field.

The new building will welcome students sometime between this Thanksgiving and New Year's.

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