It’s the end of an era for Hambright’s bell

The end of the school year was the end of an era for the old iron bell at Hambright Elementary School.

When students Ashley Seiger, Luz Agosto and Delaney Mercado rang the bell on the final day of the school year June 9, they were continuing a longstanding tradition that dates back to 1936, when the bell was first installed in the cupola of the original school building. The ringing also marked the last time the bell would rink at the school, which is being closed this summer.

But the tradition will live on when the new Hambright Elementary School, under construction next to Manor Middle School, opens for the 2014-15 school year, because the bell will be moved to the lobby of the new school.

“While we are sad to leave the old building, we know that the proud traditions established by the Hambright community — including the ringing of the original school bell — will transition to the new building as students and faculty begin a new chapter in the school’s history,” said superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter.

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From left, Ashley Seiger, Delaney Mercado and Luz Agosto ring the Hambright bell.

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