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End of a century, end of an era

Holy Name School in Au Sable Forks says goodbye to students for the final time

Holy Name Principal Christine Reynolds talks with students during the last day of classes at Holy Name School in Au Sable Forks. The Catholic School is closing its doors after 100 years of service.

Holy Name Principal Christine Reynolds talks with students during the last day of classes at Holy Name School in Au Sable Forks. The Catholic School is closing its doors after 100 years of service. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

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Students receive awards during the end-of-the-year program, where they also watched a slideshow.

— A century ago, Holy Name School opened its doors to students in Au Sable Forks.

On June 20, the school said goodbye to students one last time.

The school, which announced earlier this year that it would be closing after 100 years of serving the Au Sable Forks community as a private Catholic school, held a humble and brief awards ceremony for 17 students in kindergarten through fifth grade on the last day of school, presenting students with awards and watching an end-of-year slideshow.

“It is a hard thing to do when you know this is the last day,” Principal Christine Reynolds said. “The kids have all been troopers. They are so sweet.”

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Students, faculty, staff and parents watch an end-of-year slideshow during the last day of classes at Holy Name School June 20. The school officially closed its doors after 100 years in the Au Sable Forks community.

Father Kris Lauzon said that the day brought a mixture of emotions.

“It is sad to see this day come, there are a lot of good memories,” Lauzon said. “You see the change in the children over each school year and this was another of those years, the last one. We are not sure how the future is going to take shape, but we know that it will.”

Lauzon said that he was appreciative of the support the school received from parents and community members over the years as they worked to give students an education that also provided a basis of faith.

“We have worked hard to help the children come to know Christ and keep God at the center of all that they do,” he said.

Lauzon also thanked the parents who were in attendance during the awards program, and talked about how the classes had come together.

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“Whenever an award was given out to a fifth grader, you saw the teacher read out the title of the award and the kids would immediately know which one of them was getting that award and say it before the teacher did,” he said. “They know each other because they are a family. It is what they have learned from all the faculty and staff and they know each other like family.”

Reynolds also spoke to the kids.

“I can tell you that you are all going to be missed.”

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