It was quite by accident that I happened to show up on the day when the NEW Ocean View Elementary School was having their Blue Ribbon Ceremony. I had taught at the former Ocean View Elementary School for fifteen years before transferring to Willoughby Elementary School. For those who don’t know, Willoughby Elementary School is right behind Ocean View Elementary. I taught at Willoughby Elementary School for fifteen years leading to my recent retirement from teaching.
The wooded area that separates Ocean View Elementary School from Willoughby Elementary School is nicknamed, “Monkey Bottom.” There’s an interesting tale that goes with that name. More about how it got this name will be revealed in a follow-up post. But, for now my focus is on the NEW Ocean View Elementary School.
I really love the school’s design, which resembles a maze with long, sweeping hallways. It’s rather refreshing, because one doesn’t feel closed in. I, especially, like the glass display across from the office. Inside this glass display contains newspaper clippings and old photographs about the former Ocean View School and the role it contributed to family life years ago. In a future post, I plan to share more information about the role the former school had in the local area more than seventy years ago, as it pertains to Lucy Mason Holt, the first principal at the Ocean View School. Of course, the role of the school is much different today. In fact, a huge difference, since society has changed so much over so many years.
On a personal level, all three of my children received their formative years of education at the old Ocean View Elementary School, while I was a classroom teacher there. So, much has changed, since they were children. All three are grown, graduated from college, and are working on expanding their careers.
It was my youngest, during the Winter Break 2016, who wanted to see the old Ocean View Elementary School, one last time, before its replacement had been completed. It was a good thing, because the old school will be torn down and replaced with an athletic field. It was like saying ‘good-bye’ to the past and ‘hello’ to the future!
Check out the video below: