QUINCY -- Washington School will celebrate its past with a Saturday morning open house.
The school's Memory Walk will take place from 9 to 11 a.m.
"It's important for our families to come back and say goodbye to the building," said school secretary Debbie Disseler, who is coordinating the event. "They all want to see the building one last time before it closes for good."
Washington closes at the end of this school year as the new K-5 Iles and Rooney elementary schools open for the 2018-19 year.
"Change is hard, but change is good," Disseler said. "I'm ready for change, but I hate to say goodbye to the building. It's got a lot of character -- and characters -- in it."
Past and present Washington students, families and staff are invited to take one more look at the building, which the Quincy School District will be selling.
"I know past principals are coming; a couple I know for sure are coming," Disseler said. "It will be nice to see people who have taught here."
School photos dating back to at least 1977 will be on display.
"We have our bulletin board decorated with class composites," Washington Principal Sara Cramer said. "Some of the composite books from our photography company will ... be out for families to look at."
The photos, like the open house, are expected to stir memories of the school.
"We just want to celebrate all of our accomplishments throughout the years," Cramer said. "We want to bring everyone back together just to reminisce about what Washington School meant to them, to their family, to the community during their time frame of being here or when they had grandkids here."