SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) - Members of the Scottsboro community came together to say their goodbyes to a local elementary school.
The school board voted to close Brownwood Elementary School after using it for 57 years.
It's always sad when a school has to close, but as the school's superintendent, Dr. Jose Reyes said, you can't take away the memories.
Fans of Brownwood Elementary School sang the school song one last time at a ceremony on Friday, and people came to the school to say their goodbyes and tell their memories.
"When they told me it was closing I sat in my chair at home and just cried," said Rosa Lewis, a former employee.
The 83-year-old Lewis wouldn't have missed the closing ceremony for anything. She was a 31 year employee who retired just less than 10 years ago.
"We were going to move in the Brownwood district and my daughter started over here and I tell you I wouldn't take nothing for the years that I spent over here," said Lewis.
Lewis will tell you the job of a crossing guard isn't easy.
"I got hit once over here," said Lewis.
And once was injured, rescuing a teacher in icy weather.
"She went across the road and she fell and not thinking, I just went out there to help her and I just fell too and they had to carry me to the hospital," said Lewis.
But Lewis never quit her job from those tough times. Instead, it only made her love for Brownwood grow like others here at the ceremony. That became evident when the flag came down for the last time and tears started to flow, realizing Brownwood would be no more.
For Lewis, she's willing to give change a chance.
"If it means, you know, something better, then that's what I want," said Lewis.
Next year, the students attending Brownwood will be distributed throughout the rest of the school systems elementary schools.
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