Hambright hosts April 26 farewell, barbecue

Hambright Elementary School will give former students, teachers and members of the public a chance to say goodbye to the school April 26 before it is replaced by a new Hambright next fall.

A farewell open house and chicken barbecue will be held Saturday, April 26, at the school at 2121 Temple Ave. The barbecue runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the open house will be from noon to 2 p.m.

Hambright was built in 1936 as a Public Works Administration project at a cost of just $15,000 on the site of the former Hambright family farm. The school was expanded and upgraded at least five times over the years, and Penn Manor was considering another expansion project in recent years. But the school’s condition, site limitations and enrollment needs prompted the district to build a new, larger Hambright next to Manor Middle School.

That $19.5 million project is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2014-2015 school year.

At the open house, participants will have the opportunity to tour Hambright, look at old yearbooks and photos and help create a scrapbook of Hambright memories. School staff will lead the tours, and a time capsule buried on the school grounds in 1991 will be opened. A closing ceremony is planned for 1:45 p.m. (weather permitting) in the courtyard.

The open house is being held in conjunction with a chicken barbecue to raise funds for Hambright’s “Leader in Me” program, which seeks to improve the school climate so students can develop to their full potential.

A meal of half a chicken, baked potato, applesauce, roll and butter will cost $8 per person. Baked goods also will be sold by donation.  Meal tickets should be purchased in advance by contacting the Hambright office at 393-3818.

Members of the public who have Hambright memorabilia to share during the farewell event are asked to call the school office at 393-3818.