OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- After 34 years of education, students and faculty gathered for the last time at Osan Elementary School for a closing ceremony June 15, here.
Students delivered speeches, played instruments and performed military traditions as final goodbyes to their school.
“This school has stood on the grounds of Osan for 34 years now and has been an environment of learning for thousands of students over that time,” said Col. Carl Misner, 51st Mission Support Group commander, during the ceremony.
The new Osan Elementary School, which will include environmentally-friendly features like electric car charging stations, is slated to open in October.
“We look forward to the new school where our children can learn and absorb everything theses great teachers have to offer,” said Misner. “Teaching is more than imparting knowledge. It’s about inspiring change, and our new school will bring out that change.”
One former student who is now an Airman stationed here reflected on his education during the ceremony.
“There’s been lots of reflection these past few days,” said Master Sgt. Ralph Warner, 51st Fighter Wing administration superintendent. “Looking back at my time at Osan Elementary has been bittersweet, but it’s great they’re opening up a new school to mold our future, which is our children.
“For years to come, alumni and teachers will drive by this school and reflect on their memories there,” he added.
Students contributed to a time capsule of memorable items to be opened in years to come to conclude the ceremony.
“Osan is fortunate to have so many great teachers educating our children,” said Col. Carl Misner, “There’s no greater calling than being a teacher, so I want to say how proud I am of all these teachers.”
“I’d also like to thank the students for embracing all that this school had to offer, as well as the parents for their participation and caring for your children,” he added.