Blocks made to commemorate closing schools

Following its mission to “preserve the county’s heritage for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations,” the Warren County Historical Society has commemorated the recent closings of some of the local schools. Five elementary schools have recently closed in an effort to save money as enrollment declines. Allegheny Valley, Russell, Sugar Grove and Sheffield elementary schools are closing their doors this year, while South Street Early Learning Center did so at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

Many people have nostalgic ties to these schools, whether they were a student, teacher, administrator or parent. The Warren County Historical Society enlisted the help of local schools to memorialize the closing schools. Students from Beaty Warren Middle School and Youngsville High School worked diligently to create commemorative blocks. Each wooden block has an etched picture of a school which the students made using special equipment in their respective schools under the supervision of teachers Craig King and Art Anderson.

The limited edition blocks can be purchased for $10 at the Warren County Historical Society, 210 Fourth Avenue, Warren. The society is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit www.warrenhistory.org, call 723-1795, or like the Warren County Historical Society on Facebook.