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Springdale School hosts grand reopening


Lori Luna’s second-grade daughter and twin sons in kindergarten were among the last students to attend Springdale School when it closed in 1996.

For nearly 20 years, the Springdale School Community Association and the Corbett School District worked to renovate the historic school site built in 1931.

This fall, the school reopened to the Corbett Arts Program with Spanish (CAPS), with Luna as the principal. The school is listed on the historic registry and fully renovated.

From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17, the community is invited to a grand reopening of Springdale School at 32405 E. Historical Columbia River Highway.

Gary Law, a founder of the community association, attended Springdale School from first through eighth grade, from 1945 to 1953. He lives within view of the school.

“Being a father and grandfather, it’s wonderful seeing kids like they were (at the school before it closed),” Law said. “We’re seeing the fruits of saving and being good stewards. It’s a beautiful building and a visible landmark.”

The event will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m., a cider press in the play shed and musical performances by school choirs.

“The main idea is for the community to see the results of the renovation,” Luna said.

Before and after pictures will be on display, along with historical exhibits by the community association.

The Corbett Arts Program with Spanish has 135 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

For information, call CAPS at 503-261-4294.