MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) - Lori Abbott still has fond memories when she drives by Woodlawn Elementary School in Monticello. It's been nearly 40 years since she was a student there.
"When I drive by here I think about all the things that we used to do," Abbott said. "We used to play ball here, [have] picnics, fly kites and go sledding."
Abbott's daughter attended Woodlawn. And so did her aunt in 1952.
Principal Gloria Kinnard said the school has been in the community for 63 years. A community she said has become a family.
"They're people who have been part of my second family," Kinnard said. "We've all been a family, and I think in so many small schools that's the way it is."
Kinnard said now she will have to say goodbye to that family.
Woodlawn is closing for good at the end of the school year because of budget cuts and low enrollment numbers. It will save the Twin Lakes School Corporation $300,000.
Shirley Trent has been at Woodlawn for nearly 40 years. She is still getting used to the idea that it is closing.
"The car is not going to turn to come down here on the first day of school," Trent said. "It's going to be difficult."
Abbott said when she was in school families and friends used to gather every Friday in front of Woodlawn for a picnic. She will hold one last picnic for past and present Woodlawn Woodchucks.
"We said, 'OK, if we can't save the school then let's give a picnic to say farewell to Woodlawn,'" Abbott said.
School is out May 23. Students will be split up between the two existing elementary school in the district.
As for Kinnard, after 14 years at Woodlawn she has decided to retire.
The Farewell to Woodlawn Picnic will be Saturday at noon. For more information you can visit the Facebook page Farewell to Woodlawn.
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